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Threat Of The West Nile Virus Continues

162px-mosquito_2007-2Fall is here, the weather is cooling off and you’d think that things would finally start to quieten down. But, in spite of the change of seasons, we are continuing to see an increase in West Nile virus and invasive mosquito activity.

The Orange County Vector Control District (OCVCD) is reporting that in 2016, they collected 403 mosquito samples that tested positive and found 82 birds killed by West Nile. There have been 27 human infections reported in Orange County. Statewide, the number of infections is now at 306, up from 300 last year.

Experts predict that many more cases will be reported before the year is over and they are encouraging people to avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk. They also strongly recommend that you use a mosquito repellant if you are going into an area where you suspect mosquito activity.

The OCVCD is asking for your help in fighting this disease and you can start by looking for any signs of standing water around your home. Clogged rain gutters, buckets, cans, flower pots and old tires should all be drained. Pools, spas and bird baths need to be maintained on a regular basis or drained. They also ask that if you do find neglected pools or dead birds, you should call the District at (714) 971-2421 and report them.