Mosquito discoveries put bite on fresh flowers at Visalia Cemetery

From the Visalia Times Delta
July 12, 2019

The Visalia Public Cemetery District is asking people not to bring fresh flowers to the cemetery after health officials found mosquitos that can carry West Nile and other viruses in standing water containers. 

On June 19, Delta Vector found invasive mosquitoes in three out of four samples at the cemetery. 

Delta Vector is the testing agency tasked with placing traps and identifying West Nile across Tulare County. 

After getting the mosquito news, the cemetery district hired a temporary crew to turn over flower vases and containers to eliminate standing water.

That temporary crew worked 135 hours over seven days to complete this project, cemetery managers said. 

The cemetery is close to 50 acres in size and there are more than 45,000 graves. 

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