Inspectors have found evidence of West Nile virus in five mosquito traps in the city of Fresno, authorities announced this week.
The virus found in the common house mosquito remains a serious health threat, the Fresno County Department of Public Health said. The department encourages residents to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites and eliminate any water sources – including small containers – where mosquitoes can develop.
Mosquito season means increased mosquito activity, including the spread of Aedes aegypti, or “yellow fever,” mosquitoes. These mosquitoes heighten the risk of additional mosquito-borne illnesses such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya and Zika viruses – especially coupled with travel out of the country.
Use insect repellents properly while traveling and after returning home to help stop the spread of exotic mosquito-borne illnesses.
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To learn more about West Nile and preventing mosquito bites visit: www.cdc.gov/westnile.
To learn more about mosquito-borne illnesses visit the FCDPH Mosquito-Borne Illness page on the county’s website, or go to www.fresnomosquito.org. Residents can also call the Fresno County Department of Public Health at 559-600-3200or Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District at 559-268-6565.