West Nile virus has now been detected in Santa Ana mosquitoes
The mosquitoes that carry the West Nile virus have expanded their geographic range. They now live in Santa Ana as well.
That's according to the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD). But also scientists say that the current infection risk rating for Orange County is low. Recall, we recently wrote abouthow mosquito samples collected in Fullerton also tested positive for West Nile virus.
Specialists inspect mosquito breeding sources and pay attention to unknown areas in order to control the spread of the disease in time. Meanwhile, warning posters about West Nile virus are being installed in areas where infected mosquitoes have been detected. Residents and visitors to such areas are urged to observe safety measures.
Additional measures are being taken in parallel. The OCMVCD team is already treating residences against mosquitoes using specialized trucks. The main objective is to reduce the number of diseases that can be transmitted through mosquitoes.
Treatment is being conducted in certain areas of Santa Ana. Specifically, the area at the intersection of East 5th and North Bush streets. A team of specialists will continue to inspect this area in the coming weeks, with possible additional treatments based on surveillance data. Residents in the treatment areas will be notified of these activities through the door. To determine if you live in these areas, you can use the interactive mosquito control map on the Vector Control website.
Tips for protecting yourself from mosquitoes:
- Apply insect repellent to bare skin. Products containing DEET, the most popular component of insect repellents, work best.
- Replace stagnant water. Leaky faucets make standing water ideal for mosquitoes. Repair leaking plumbing fixtures.
- Your outdoor pet's water bowl should be refreshed daily. Even better, keep his water at home.
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