SIGNIFICANT RISE IN WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY HEEDS CAUTION TO THE PUBLIC

Press Release from San Joaquin County MVCD
July 23, 2018

(STOCKTON, CA) – Although San Joaquin County experienced a cool spring with low mosquito populations, hot weather has caused a significant rise in mosquitoes. Subsequently, San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s (District) surveillance and disease testing laboratory continues to report high West Nile virus (WNV) infection rates in collected mosquitoes. “The District is taking an aggressive approach to reducing mosquito populations; however with high infection rates in collected mosquito samples, we are notifying the public to take precautions, said Ed Lucchesi, Manager with the District. “Using EPA registered repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are recommended to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of mosquito-borne disease,” said Lucchesi.

Other prevention tips include eliminating standing water and using mosquitofish in water troughs, neglected pools, and water features. Avoid being outdoors if mosquitoes are present. When appropriate, loose fitting long sleeves and pants help prevent mosquito bites. To reduce mosquitoes indoors, maintain good tight fitting screens on windows and doors.

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