Mosquito batch infected with West Nile virus found in Costa Mesa

By LOUIS CASIANO JR. | Orange County Register

A batch of 22 mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus was discovered late last month in Costa Mesa’s Fairview Park, the city said in a statement.

The mosquitoes were found June 27 by Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control District crews in a drainage ditch at the park’s south end during an inspection of mosquito traps, said Robert Cummings, laboratory director for the control district.

“We are definitely seeing more activity,” Cummings said, adding that about seven infected mosquito batches have been found throughout the county this year.

The area around the traps was treated and is being closely monitored, said Costa Mesa spokesman Tony Dodero.

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