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West Nile Mosquitoes Found in Fresno County



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West Nile mosquitoes have been found in the city of Fresno, county health department officials said Friday afternoon.

“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 Dr. Rais Vohra, the interim health officer for Fresno County.

The West Nile virus can lead to death in humans and animals. Virus transmission occurs when infected mosquitoes feed on animals, as well as humans, after having fed on infected birds.

Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District said it collected the positive mosquitoes in the 93727 zip code, which covers the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and Sunnyside areas.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

Health officials recommend that residents contact their local mosquito control district regarding standing water, mosquito problems, or neglected swimming pools. Neglected pools are a major source of mosquito production.

You can protect against mosquito bites and the West Nile virus with these “Three Ds”:

  1. DETER – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 according to label instructions. However, insect repellents should not be used on children under 2 months old.
  2. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes usually bite in the early morning and evening, so wear proper clothing and repellent when outside at these times. Repair or replace window screens that have tears or holes.
  3. DRAIN – Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers.

Additional Information

Residents can get more information about Fresno County mosquito abatement at this link 

To report dead birds, visit the California Department of Public Health website or call 1-877-WNV-BIRD.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email