Mosquitoes in the area of Mayflower Park (Blythe) have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Thanks to an alert by health officials, prompt action to control the mosquito population is already underway. Campers and visitors in the area are urged to take extra precautions to prevent mosquito bites. West Nile Virus can spread to humans and animals through bites from mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds. The incubation period is three to 14 days with flu-like symptoms lasting three to six days.
Prevent infection with the following precautions:
• Avoid outdoor exposure between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, but keep in mind some mosquito species are daytime biters.
• When outdoors, wear long sleeves and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.
• When outdoors wear a mosquito repellant containing DEET (follow label instructions, especially for use on children). All strengths of DEET will repel mosquitoes, but higher concentrations will last longer.
Additional precautions throughout the community are also recommended:
• Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites around your home or business by removing standing water in potted plants, tires, and other containers.
• Stock permanent ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae.
• Repair window and door screens to keep mosquitoes out of the home.
For further information or to report a potential mosquito breeding source, please contact the Vector Control Program at (951) 766-9454.