Lake County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

From the Lake County News
August 3, 2021

LAKEPORT, Calif. — For the first time this year, mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Lake County.

The mosquitoes, Culex tarsalis (western encephalitis mosquito), were collected in traps near Upper Lake on July 21, the Lake County Vector Control District reported.

“West Nile virus activity is increasing statewide, including in Lake County,” said Jamesina Scott, Ph.D., district manager and research director of the Lake County Vector Control District. “This serves as a reminder to avoid mosquito bites to avoid West Nile virus.”

Scott said mosquitoes thrive in still water. Dump out or drain water in backyard water sources, or contact the district for free mosquito-eating fish for water that can’t be drained, like unmaintained (green) swimming pools and spas, ornamental ponds, or animal watering troughs, she advised residents.

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