West Nile virus discovered in Shasta County mosquitoes

Jun 30, 2014 12:15 PM by News Staff

The first detection of West Nile virus has been reported in Shasta County, the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Monday.

The positive sample was collected in Anderson.

"Although the District has been able to maintain relatively low adult numbers; this early summer has provided more potential for WNv replication in mosquitoes. Additionally, with the continued warm temperatures I expect that the adult mosquito numbers are only going to increase. It is important that everyone take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites; it only takes one," stated Peter Bonkrude, District Manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Warm temperatures mean that mosquito activity is going to increase. Everyone is encouraged to take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

Reduce activity during peak mosquito feeding times at dawn and dusk.

Wear effective insect repellent.

Stay behind screened windows and doors whenever possible.

Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent and dressing protectively when outside and making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.


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