Mosquitos Don’t Carry COVID-19, But They’re Still A Threat In California

From Cap Radio
May 11, 2020

It’s getting to be mosquito season in California, and public health officials say people need to be vigilant about avoiding bites.

Mosquitos don’t spread COVID-19, but they do carry West Nile Virus, which has sickened more than 6,000 Californians since 2003, according to state data. There’s no vaccine for it, and it can be fatal.

And this year some counties may not be taking their usual vector control measures. The National Association of County and City Health Officials says department budgets are strained due to coronavirus, and mosquito testing might go by the wayside.

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