Out of the 750 mosquito samples the special district has tested in 2022, only one sample – collected between South Akers and South Linwood streets – tested positive for the West Nile virus.
“It’s common to get positive mosquitos, from what I have seen,” Community Education and Outreach Coordinator Erick Arriaga said. “But positive humans are a lot rarer.”
In response to the positive collection sample, the Delta Mosquito and Vector Control District will be increasing the amount of mosquito control technicians in the area “to reduce the number of mosquitoes and interrupt further transmission” of the virus.
West Nile virus cases occur throughout mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Normally, those infected with the virus will have no symptoms. One in five people will develop fever, headaches and body aches; while hospitalization is required in other cases. Even rarer, death occurs.
Health officials encourage people to wear insect repellents and wear long-sleeved shirts as well as long pants when going outside, especially around dawn and dusk. Also, look out for standing water sources and clean drains regularly.
“Swimming pools, ponds and fountains all need to have working pumps and be maintained regularly to prevent breeding of the mosquito that can transmit West Nile virus,” Operations Program Manager Hector Cardenas said. “Report any large neglected water sources and be sure to wear an Environmental Protection Agency approved and registered insect repellent.”
Lauren Jennings covers education and news for the Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance-Register. Follow her on Twitter @lolojennings. Get alerts and keep up on all things Tulare County for as little as $1 a month. Subscribe today.
source: Visalia Times-Delta