More West Nile Virus infected mosquitos found in Butte County

Jul 13, 2015 5:02 PM by News Staff

Less than two weeks after the county's first West Nile Virus detection of the season was confirmed, Butte County officials say 12 more mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus.

Three mosquito pools were collected in east Gridley, two collected in west Gridley, four collected in east Biggs, and the other three collected in Biggs. Officials say all signs point to the virus being very active across the state this summer.

With increasing mosquito populations and the detection of West Nile within Butte County, the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District urges residents to take all precautions necessary to drain any and all un-needed standing water, report any suspected mosquito-breeding sites to the District, and to protect themselves from the bites of mosquitoes.

The county has provided the following tips to help people avoid West Nile:

- Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are active, especially at dusk and dawn

- If you must be outdoors when mosquitoes are active, wear long pants, and long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes

- Before going outdoors, apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions

- Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes

- Eliminate all standing water on your property that can support mosquito-breeding

- Report standing water to Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District

- Contact Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live, work, and/or play


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