West Nile Activity Remains Strong in Stanislaus County

Stanislaus County – Temperatures in Stanislaus County are remaining high enough to allow mosquitoes and West Nile Virus to persist. Public Health officials are reporting a total of 21 cases of human West Nile Virus in Stanislaus County. Six (6) of those cases occurred after September 10, 2012, indicating that the level of West Nile Virus in the County remains high. In addition to human cases, the Mosquito Abatement Districts in Stanislaus County are continuing to collect birds and mosquitoes infected with the virus.

The Districts continue to work hard following up on the detected West Nile Virus threats, protecting the health of the residents of Stanislaus County. West Nile Virus can remain active through October in Stanislaus County and residents are urged to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

People can protect themselves from mosquito bites by:
• DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535
according to label instructions. Repellents help prevent mosquito bites. DEET can be used safely
on infants and children two (2) months of age and older. Please follow product guidelines when
applying all repellents to both adults and children.
• DRESS – Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure to mosquito bites.
• DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to
wear repellent at these times. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep
out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
• DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water,
including flower pots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. If you have a pond, use mosquito
fish (available from your local mosquito and vector control agency) or commercially available
products to eliminate mosquito larvae.

Residents can call their local Mosquito Abatement district to report a neglected swimming pool or ornamental pond and or with questions or concerns. Residents who live north of the Tuolumne River should call the East Side Mosquito Abatement District at (209) 522-4098. Residents South of the Tuolumne River should contact the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District at (209) 634-1234.

For more information please see www.stanemergency.com.