The mosquitoes were collected from La Bonita Park in the City of La Habra on June 15, 2017. OCMVCD routinely monitors populations of adult mosquitoes and test groups of adult female mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans via the bite of infected mosquitoes, which become infected when feeding on birds carrying the virus. OCMVCD has also recovered two West Nile virus-positive dead birds from the cities of Lake Forest and Irving during May and January, respectively.
Residents in Fountain Valley are encouraged to do the following preventative measures to help reduce the risk from mosquitoes this season:
- Eliminate standing water around the home or office;
- Make sure all window and door screens on the property are in good repair;
- Request FREE mosquitofish from the District for placement in ornamental ponds;
- Wear a repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR 3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus; or
- Contact the OCMVCD to report dead birds or neglected swimming pools.
For additional information, please call the Orange County Vector Control at 714-791-2421 or visit www.ocvector.org.