West Nile carrying mosquitoes have been found in Kings County, mosquito control officials said Wednesday.
Seven mosquito samples tested positive for the virus. Six of the samples were collected southwest of Hanford and one was in Lemoore.
"The drought conditions reduce the number of mosquitoes but this doesn't necessarily mean we have reduced virus activity," said Michael Cavanagh, district manager of the Kings Mosquito Abatement District.
So far this year, nine people have been infected with the virus
Statewide. Tulare County has had two cases, Fresno County has had one and Stanislaus County has had two.
The Kings County Mosquito Abatement District recommends that residents:
- Use mosquito repellent with an effective ingredient, such as DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Prevent mosquito breeding by maintaining spas or swimming pools, emptying containers that hold water and fixing leaky outdoor faucets.
- Make sure window screens and screen doors are in good repair.
Free mosquito fish are available from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the district office, 10871 Bonney View Lane.
Who to call
To report mosquitoes and neglected pools:
Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District: (800) 821-1577; www.mosquitobuzz.net
Fresno Mosquito & Vector Control District: (559) 268-6565; www.fresnomosquito.org
Kings Mosquito Abatement District: (559) 584-3326; www.kingsmosquito.net
Madera Mosquito & Vector Control District: (559) 662-8880; www.maderamosq.org
Delta Vector Control District: (559) 732-8606; www.deltavcd.com
Tulare Mosquito Abatement District: (559) 686-6628
Dead birds and squirrels that may be infected with the West Nile virus can be reported by calling (877) 968-2473 or by filing an online report at the California West Nile website at westnile.ca.gov/.
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