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Residents urged to take precautions after West Nile Virus found in Mission Viejo

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The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District has confirmed the first mosquito sample infected with West Nile virus (WNV) in the City of Mission Viejo.

The mosquitoes were collected in a mosquito trap located near San Rafael and Napoli Way on October 10. An inspector will monitor the area for any additional findings. 

Mosquitoes get infected when feeding on birds with the virus, and the insects pass on the virus to humans. Symptoms of the virus include fever and head and body aches. In rare cases, it can be fatal with young children, the elderly or people with a weakened immune system most vulnerable.

Follow the tips below to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Apply mosquito repellent 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.
  • Repair broken or damaged screens.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and opt for lighter-colored clothing.
  • Around the home, eliminating breeding sources for mosquitoes is critical:
  • 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.

For more information, contact the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District at 714-971-2421; 949-654-2421 or visit www.ocvector.org.

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