Two mosquitoes found in Stockton have tested positive for West Nile

June 18, 2018

Two mosquitoes found in Stockton’s 95219 ZIP code area tested positive for West Nile virus in testing done by the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

“This is the first find of WNV in San Joaquin County for 2018,” said Aaron Devencenzi, public information officer of the district. “With warm weather, mosquito populations will continue to increase, leading to an elevated risk of WNV in humans.”

In addition to work by the mosquito and vector control district, reduction of West Nile virus and other mosquito-transmitted diseases is dependent on all residents. The district recommends:

• Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding.

• Apply insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET or Picaridin when outdoors, according to label instructions.

• Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dawn and dusk, and especially for the first two hours after sunset.

• When outdoors, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing.

• Exclude mosquitoes from your home with tight fitting screens on doors and windows.

• Contact your veterinarian for information on vaccinating equine against WNV.

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