West Nile Virus confirmed in mosquitoes collected in Fresno County

From ABC 30
May 11, 2022

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Mosquito season is here. This means the West Nile Virus could be buzzing in your backyard.

“So this year, it’s a little early,” says Katherine Ramirez with the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District. “We typically see positive mosquitoes in June.”

On Wednesday, the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District notified the Fresno County Department of Public Health of positive West Nile Virus cases collected in adult mosquitoes in Southeast Fresno.

While the Central Valley can be dry, Ramirez says any area in the Valley that has standing water can produce the potential for West Nile Virus-positive mosquitoes.

Ramirez advises folks to clean out or empty any standing water, including pools, the bottom of your plants and don’t forget to cover your yard drains.

West Nile can be a very serious illness and it only takes one bite to get sick.

Because there is no medication, health officials say prevention is key.

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