Summer weather brings mosquitoes and West Nile virus

From the Tracy Press
June 26, 2019

People can get free mosquitofish Friday to combat the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes as the West Nile virus season begins.

The California Department of Public Health cautioned California residents this week to be especially wary of mosquito bites now through early fall. West Nile virus, which is carried and spread by mosquitoes, can cause symptoms similar to the flu in 1 in 5 people who are infected. Most people never have any symptoms, but rare extreme cases can result in severe illness and sometimes death.

One of the best ways to keep West Nile virus from spreading is to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes. The San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District will give out mosquitofish, which eat immature mosquitoes, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in front of the Tracy Community Center, 950 East St.

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