Public health officials are reporting that two Stanislaus County females, aged 72 and 36, have been infected with West Nile Virus.
These two women are the first two cases reported in the county so far this year. One of the two women has been hospitalized.
Both the Turlock and East Side Mosquito Abatement Districts have been treating mosquito habitats using ground and aerial spray equipment. The districts use aircraft to spray in rural areas and ground equipment to spray in urbanized areas.
The districts continue to be concerned with neglected swimming pools, which become breeding grounds for mosquitos. They are conducting aerial surveillance photography for neglected swimming pools and also provide free mosquito fish to put in ornamental ponds and other backyard locations.
Stanislaus County residents are encouraged to take steps to prevent WNV with these simple steps:
- Eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs.
- Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dusk and dawn, and especially for the first two hours after sunset.
- When outdoors, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and other protective clothing.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your home with tight fitting screens on doors and windows.
- Apply insect repellent containing active ingredient DEET when outdoors, according to label instructions.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommend insect repellents containing oil of lemon eucalyptus and Picaridin, in addition to DEET-based products.
Public health officials say the reporting and testing of dead birds in an important step in preventing WNV. Since WNV was detected in Stanislaus County in June, eight dead birds testing positive for WNV have been found in the county. To report a dead bird, call the California State hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD or report it online at WestNile.ca.gov.
To report mosquito-breeding problem areas, Stanislaus County residents north of the Tuolumne River should call the East Side Mosquito Abatement District at 209-522-4098; all other Stanislaus County residents should call the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District at 209-634-1234.
For more information, call the Stanislaus County WNV hotline at 209-558-8425 to hear recorded information in both English and Spanish.