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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus confirmed in San Joaquin County

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Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2013 4:27 pm

The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District has confirmed the first instance of West Nile virus in the county. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in Manteca and Ripon, district officials say.

“This find is the earliest detection of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes since the 2004 inception of West Nile virus in San Joaquin County,” district spokesman Aaron Devencenzi said in a news release. “It is imperative that people take necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites as well as removing standing water on their properties.” Devencenzi said.

The district will expand surveillance and control of local mosquito populations on all private and public lands within San Joaquin County.

Mosquito control activities include making recommendations to property owners on methods to reduce mosquito breeding conditions; educating the public on mosquito prevention techniques, including the use of repellents; introducing mosquitofish to ponds, ditches, and other aquatic sites; and spraying areas where mosquitoes are found.

Residents and visitors of San Joaquin County can reduce their risk of WNV and other mosquito-transmitted diseases by taking these precautions:

  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding.
  • 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.
  • Contact your veterinarian for information on vaccinating equine against West Nile.
  • Report significant mosquito infestations to the mosquito district at www.sjmosquito.org or by calling 209-982-4675 or 1-800-300-4675.
  • Report dead birds and tree squirrels to 1-877-WNV-BIRD, 1-877-968-2473,  or visit www.westnile.ca.gov.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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