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Samples Indicate West Nile Virus is Positive In San Joaquin County
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Samples Indicate West Nile Virus is Positive In San Joaquin County

Three Mosquito Samples and one Dead Bird Test West Nile Positive in San Joaquin County

San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s (District) mosquito-borne disease surveillance program confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) positive mosquitoes in one mosquito sample in zip code 95206, and in two mosquito samples in 95219. Both zip codes are in the Delta ar ea. In addition, a dead bird was found WNV positive in Manteca, zip code 95336. These are the first positive mosquitoes and bird found in San Joaquin County in 2015. “It is no t surprising since neighboring counties have detected WNV activity in the recent weeks as well, said Ed Lucchesi, Manager of the District.

In response to the detection of WNV, the District will expand surveillance and control of local mosquito populations on all private and public lands within San Joaquin County. Mosquito control activities include: ma king recommendations to property owners on methods to reduce mosquito breeding c onditions; educating the public on mosquito prevention techniques, including the use of repellents; introducing mosquito fish to ponds, ditches, and other aquatic sites; and sprayi ng areas where mosquitoes are found.

With the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, many of us will be enjoying outdoor activities. It is important that people protect themselves from mo squito bites. Residents and visitors of San Joaquin County can reduce their risk of WNV and other mosquito-transmitted diseases by taking precautions.

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