Nov 18, 2019
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The mosquito (Aedes aegypti) can spread several diseases, including the Zika virus, as it travels from person to person. Only the females feed on blood. In this photo, the mosquito is just starting to feed on a person’s arm. (Courtesy Photo - U.S. Department of Agriculture)

West Nile virus found near Fresno State campus

The Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) issued a warning regarding the West Nile virus (WNV) on Friday.

According to an FCDPH news release, mosquitoes collected within the City of Fresno have tested positive for the virus. The mosquitoes were found around the 93710 ZIP code, which includes the Fresno State campus.

“This confirmation is a strong reminder that everyone should take this disease seriously and should take every precaution to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Leticia Berber, health educator at the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

Precautionary measures include contacting local mosquito control district regarding standing water or mosquito problems, as well as to report any neglected swimming pools and practicing the “three Ds” proposed by the FCDPH.

DEET

For those who may be in areas where they may come in contact with mosquitoes, they should apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus or IR3535, according to the FCDPH.

DAWN AND DUSK

The most common time of day that mosquitoes are at their height of activity is in the early morning and evening. To avoid having mosquitoes enter homes, residents in the area should make sure that their doors and windows remain closed during these times, and have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Residents should repair or replace screens that have tears or holes as soon as possible.

DRAIN

Mosquitoes are attracted to and lay eggs in areas with standing water. The release suggested that people eliminate all sources of standing water by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets and other containers. Also, all swimming pools should be properly maintained.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, symptoms and signs of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph nodes in those who have been bitten. In some cases, a small percentage can cause serious, and sometimes fatal, illness.More information can be found at California’s West Nile virus website at westnile.ca.gov. or calling 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

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