The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) activity for the first time this year in the following cities:
• Costa Mesa
• Dana Point
• Huntington Beach - at Brookhurst/Bushard
• Santa Ana
Year to date, OCMVCD has tested 2,375 mosquito samples and found 60 samples to be positive for WNV. Last year at this time, the District tested 2,204 mosquito samples and found 40 to be WNV positive.
West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire WNV when they feed on infected birds, and then pass the virus along when they bite humans. In areas where West Nile virus has been detected, OCMVCD staff are deployed to canvass the area to look for mosquito breeding sources, expand public education, and work with city officials to correct infrastructure issues.
The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District makes the following recommendations to help reduce the threat of mosquitoes and West Nile virus in Orange County:
• Eliminate any standing water around your home or office
• Make sure all window and door screens on your house are in good repair
• Wear a repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, or IR 3535
• Contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District to report dead birds or neglected pools
For more information visit www.ocvcd.org.