Mosquito abatement officials warn people to take special precautions during the holiday weekend to avoid attracting mosquitoes, which could lead to people being afflicted by the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
"Based on several factors, the potential risk of being exposed to West Nile virus is higher this year compared to previous years," said Aaron Devencenzi, spokesman for the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District.
"A mild winter and early heat allowed the virus to amplify for a longer period, resulting in an elevated risk to people" Devencenzi said in a news release.
The district advises people to take the following precautions:
- Apply insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET or Picaridin when outdoors, according to label instructions.
- Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dawn and dusk, and especially for the first two hours after sunset.
- When outdoors, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing.
- Exclude mosquitoes from your home with tight-fitting screens on doors and windows.
- Remove standing water from their properties.
- Keep rain gutters clean for proper rainwater flow, and repair broken faucets and sprinklers.
West Nile virus activity year to date comparison in California:
For more information, call 209-982-4675 or 800-300-4675, or visit www.sjmosquito.org.
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