Sampling from a mosquito trap in southwest Visalia has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Delta Vector Control District, the testing agency, and the Tulare County Health & Human Service Agency’s Public Health Branch are asking Visalia residents to be vigilant against mosquito bites.
WNV is an illness caused by the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms of WNV can vary in severity, and though most individuals experience minimal to no effects, symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, skin rash, and swollen lymph nodes, while severe symptoms include disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, and paralysis. If you experience symptoms after being bitten, contact your local physician or clinic.
Mosquitoes are infected with WNV by taking a blood meal from a bird infected with WNV. It is imperative that community members take precautions to prevent being bitten by mosquitoes and report dead birds and incidences of high mosquito presence.
To reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes, Tulare County residents are strongly urged to:
Find out about mosquito reports all over the state of California by logging on to www.westnile.ca.gov. A Tulare County map of virus activity for the DVC area is viewable on the Delta Vector Control District homepage at http://www.deltavcd.com/ by clicking on the tab “Current Mosquito Collections.”