People have an important role to play in protecting themselves and their loved ones from illnesses caused by mosquitoes. Last year, the West Nile death toll was 11 in California. As of Friday, the agency stated, four human cases of West Nile virus have been reported statewide - one each in Fresno, Imperial, San Bernardino and Stanislaus counties.
Longmont fogging/spraying is triggered when West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes are discovered in either Larimer, Boulder or Weld Counties and when Longmont traps exceed 150 mosquitoes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mosquitoes become infected when they feed on a bird that carries the virus.
The department found mosquito pools positive for the West Nile Virus in the following zip codes: 38002, 38016, 38053, 38104, 38106, 38108, 38109, 38111, 38112, 38114, 38115, 38116, 38117, 38118, 38119, 38122, 38127, 38128, 38133 and 38135.
There were 2,647 cases of West Nile virus last year, the CDC said, which is 550 more cases than the year before. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
Remove areas of standing water around your home.
Both ground spraying and aerial spraying over agricultural areas in Yolo County will continue. Visit the eNotification subscription page to sign up and choose the West Nile category to receive notification when Local Spraying Alerts are issued.
Install screens on windows. Use mosquito repellent, district officials said, and be mindful that you may need to apply more over the course of an evening.
Though a very small number of West Nile cases have been spread from mother to baby or through blood or organ donations, mosquito bites are the primary vehicle of transmissions.
Cathie Anderson covers health care for The Bee.
Wear mosquito repellents containing DEET, according to label directions.