Garden Grove, CA – Published July 9, 2018
The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) has warned of West Nile virus as 1st Mosquito sample of 2018 has been found in Garden Grove. The mosquitoes were collected from the city of Garden Grove, near Garden Grove Blvd. and Newhope St. on July 3, 2018. Read the full West Nile Virus OCMVCD press release. There are no reported birds with West Nile virus, or confirmed cases of human infections at this time in Orange County.
Since 2003, the virus has infected more than 6,500 people in California and killed 292, state health officials said. In California 9 human cases from 6 counties have tested positive for WNV in 2018. No horses have tested positive for WNV in 2018. 50 dead birds from 12 counties have tested positive for WNV in 2018.
Orange County residents are urged to report unusual numbers of mosquitoes, or day-biting mosquitoes, to OCMVCD. For more information, please contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District at (714) 971-2421 or (949) 654-2421, or visit www.ocvector.org.
Follow the tips below to prevent mosquito bites:
- Apply mosquito repellents to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended
- Wear repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus
- Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space, and repair broken or damaged screens
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter colored clothing
Around the home, eliminate breeding sources for mosquitoes:
- Dump and drain containers filled with water at least once a week
- Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly
- Dump water from potted plant saucers
West Nile Virus Transmission
West Nile virus is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes then spread West Nile virus to people and other animals by biting them.