|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- September 15, 2010|
|Contact: Deborah Bass email@example.com
MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS IN OAKLEY
- RESIDENTS URGED TO WEAR REPELLENT-
CONCORD, CALIFORNIA - - The Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District announced today that a group of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were trapped in Oakley near Walnut Meadows Drive and Fetzer Lane.
"Given the increased West Nile Virus activity in California right now, I'm not surprised by these results," said Dr. Steve Schutz, scientific program manager for the District. "Even though we have had cooler weather this summer, which has been helpful, West Nile virus is always lurking. We all need to be diligent about taking precautions."
Those precautions include:
- Reporting DEAD birds to 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473) or online at www.westnile.ca.gov. Not all birds will be picked up and tested, but reporting dead birds provides important information for mosquito control efforts.
- DEFENDING yourself against mosquitoes by using a repellent with an effective active ingredient such as DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Make sure to follow label directions.
- DRAINING all sources of standing water that may support mosquito-breeding habitats. Residential sources, such as neglected swimming pools, can be a big producer of mosquitoes in Contra Costa County.
- Making sure DOOR and window screens fit tight and are in good repair. This will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
- Vaccinating your horses. Horses are highly susceptible to West Nile virus - approximately half of the horses that get West Nile virus die or have to be euthanized.
- Avoiding DAWN and DUSK times when outdoors since this is when mosquitoes are most active.
- DRESSING appropriately by wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors and mosquitoes are present.
People wishing to be notified about adult mosquito fogging or spraying in residential areas have several options. They may visit the District's Web site and opt to receive the notifications automatically by e-mail; they can view information directly on the District's Web site; or they may phone the District for a recorded message at (925) 771-6195.
Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District, a public health agency, is located at 155 Mason Circle in Concord. Call the District to report mosquito problems at (925) 771-6195 or visit their office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquitofish for ornamental ponds or horse troughs. Fish are also available at the Antioch Corporation Yard located at 1201 W. 4th Street in Antioch.
For information concerning human West Nile virus symptoms, prevention, or testing, please call the Contra Costa Health Services department at (888) 959-9911 or visit their Web site.
For information concerning West Nile virus and horses, please call the California Department of Food and Agriculture Animal Health Branch at (916) 654-1447.
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