The positive mosquitoes were collected ….
The positive mosquitoes were collected at the cross streets of Pine Drive and Valencia Drive. WNV is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Currently, no human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Orange County.
“Mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in March is an early indication that the virus is circulating in the community,” said Amber Semrow, director of Scientific and Technical Services. “Generally, we don’t see much WNV activity until temperatures begin to warm up in the late spring and early summer. This is an early reminder that residents need to take an active role protecting themselves from mosquito bites.” Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District will post advisory signs alerting residents of high WNV activity in the affected area.
The OCMVCD staff will continue to conduct surveillance, inspections and control measures for mosquitoes in the surrounding areas to prevent additional breeding.
“Residents need to do their part by eliminating standing water on their properties,” said Heather Hyland, OCMVCD public information officer. “The best ways to protect yourself are using EPA-registered repellent to prevent bites and reducing stagnant water sources to reduce mosquito breeding.”
To learn more about West Nile virus go to https://www. ocvector.org/west-nile-virus.
To prevent mosquito bites, take action and follow these tips:
• Dump and drain containers filled with water at least once a week.
• Clean and scrub bird baths and outside pet water bowls weekly.
• Dump water from potted plant saucers.
For more information on how you can help reduce the risk of WNV in your community, visit www.ocvector.org.
—from OC Vector Control