West Nile still biggest risk, but mosquito season may bring other threats

From the Daily Republic
June 19, 2020

FAIRFIELD — West Nile is not the only concern as mosquito season starts to take hold.

Chikungunya, dengue fever, yellow fever and Zika, all of which are costly to treat and can have long-term health and financial consequences, can be transmitted by infected mosquitos, which are known to be in California and are expanding their range.

Richard Snyder, manager of the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District, said the invasive Aedes mosquitoes have been found in neighboring counties, but not in Solano.

“They are in Sacramento County right now, and San Joaquin County,” Snyder said. “We have been actively surveilling for them with trapping methods, and hoping we don’t find any.”

Generally speaking, Snyder said, the mosquitoes are brought into a county by humans.

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