Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Found In Moorpark, Ventura County

From the Moorpark, CA Patch
October 22, 2020

The City of Moorpark Vector Control Division (Division) has detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes within the City of Moorpark. The first detection was on October 13, 2020 at a residence in downtown Moorpark within a few blocks of Moorpark Avenue. This Division is working with the Ventura County Environmental Health Division and the California Department of Public Health to evaluate the extent of the infestation and will aggressively target problem areas to prevent its spread.

Aedes aegypti is not native to Ventura County. It is a small, aggressive day-biting mosquito that is now widespread in many California communities. While native mosquitoes typically bite at sundown or night, Aedes aegypti is most active during daylight, for approximately two hours after sunrise and several hours before sunset. This mosquito is capable of transmitting several viruses, including dengue, Chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika. While these viruses are not currently transmitted in California, the importance of avoiding mosquito bites remains the same, just as they are with native species that carry West Nile virus.

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