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Beckman Park mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2013 12:00 am

Although a majority of mosquitoes carrying a potentially deadly virus in San Joaquin County are in the Manteca and Stockton areas, a few tested positive for the West Nile virus in Lodi and at Tower Park Marina.

Workers from San Joaquin Mosquito & Vector Control District reported seeing a small number of mosquitoes which they tested for the virus on July 10 at Beckman Park, southwest of Ham Lane and Century Boulevard.

Mosquito abatement officials took a second test at Beckman Park in the early evening on Tuesday, but they found only one mosquito, and it tested negative for the virus.

Seven mosquitoes were detected on July 10, but Devencenzi couldn’t recall how many tested positive.

“We’ll keep surveillance on it,” he said.

The issue doesn’t seem to be as major as it is in southern San Joaquin County, but Lodi-area residents must still guard against attracting mosquitoes to the Lodi area, said district spokesman Aaron Devencenzi.

The West Nile virus can be deadly — an 86-year-old Acampo man died from complications of West Nile in 2005. The victim was James A. “Jim” Rodgers, who had lived for about 30 years at Arbor Mobile Home Park off Highway 99 and Woodbridge Road.

On July 1, mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile were found at Tower Park Marina, located off Highway 12, west of Interstate 5.

Although most of the danger of contracting West Nile is in the southern part of the county, Devencenzi said residents everywhere should take extra precautions. They include:

  • Eliminating all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding.
  • Applying insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET or Picaridin when outdoors, according to label instructions.
  • Avoiding spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dawn and dusk, and especially for the first two hours after sunset.
  • Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing when outdoors.
  • Excluding mosquitoes from your home with tight-fitting screens on doors and windows.
  • Contacting your veterinarian for information on vaccinating horses against West Nile.
  • Reporting significant mosquito infestations to the mosquito district at www.sjmosquito.org or by calling 209-982-4675 or 800-300-4675.
  • Reporting dead birds and tree squirrels to 877-WNV-BIRD, 877-968-2473, or visiting www.westnile.ca.gov.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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