Written by The Business Journal Staff
The Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District has notified the Fresno County Department of Public Health (FCDPH) that adult mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus in the 93710 zip code area in north Fresno.
“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, a health educator from FCDPH.
The zip code area where the mosquitoes were found is located near Fresno State and includes Fashion Fair Mall. FCDPH recommends that individuals contact their local mosquito control district regarding standing water or mosquito problems, as well as to report any neglected swimming pools. Neglected pools are a major source of mosquito production in urban and suburban areas.
The Health Department advises people to protect against mosquito bites and West Nile Virus by practicing the “Three D’s”:
DEET: Application of repellent containing DEET, picardin, lemon eucalyptus oil or IR3535.
Dawn and Dusk: avoid being outdoors in the early morning and evening, when bites are most common.
Drain: Eliminate all sources for standing water on property, where mosquitoes tend to lay their eggs.
All residents are encouraged to report dead birds on the state’s West Nile virus website, or by calling 1-877-WNV-BIRD.