Mosquitoes with West Nile virus found in Kings County

The Fresno BeeJuly 9, 2014 

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Mosquitoes are bloodthirsty pests and transmit the potentially dangerous West Nile Virus. (AP Illustration/Terminix)

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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.
To report mosquitoes in Kings County, call (559) 584-3326 or go to www.kingsmosquito.net.

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:

FRESNO COUNTY

Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District: (800) 821-1577; www.mosquitobuzz.net

Fresno Mosquito & Vector Control District: (559) 268-6565; www.fresnomosquito.org

KINGS COUNTY

Kings Mosquito Abatement District: (559) 584-3326; www.kingsmosquito.net

MADERA COUNTY

Madera Mosquito & Vector Control District: (559) 662-8880; www.maderamosq.org

TULARE COUNTY

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/.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6310, banderson@fresnobee.com or @beehealthwriter on Twitter.

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