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Protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer

Kern County Public Health Services Department

First mosquito pool of 2021 confirmed with West Nile virus (WNV) in Kern.

Warmer weather brings increased mosquito activity and Kern County Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to protect yourself from mosquitoes as they make their seasonal return. The first confirmed mosquito pool in Kern County has been confirmed with West Nile virus (WNV).

WNV is mainly transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. While many mosquito-borne illnesses such as WNV cause only mild symptoms in most people, the infection can cause severe illness and even death in rare cases.

“West Nile virus is well established in Kern County and we urge our community to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” says Brynn Carrigan, Director of Kern County Public Health. “Simple preventative measures such as removing sources of standing water in our yards can minimize the opportunity for mosquitoes to thrive in and around our homes.”

Reduce mosquito breeding sites:

• Remove standing or stagnate water from containers such flowerpots, fountains, birdbaths, pet bowls and wading pools.

• Clean/scrub containers that collect water weekly to remove any remaining eggs.

• Maintain swimming pools in working condition.

• Stock garden ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae.

• Report areas of mosquito infestation to your local vector control district.

Decrease Your Risk of Mosquito-Transmitted Infections:

• Avoid mosquitoes and mosquito-infested areas at all times of the day.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.

• Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin when outdoors.

• Ensure doors and windows have screens in good repair to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

Please visit our interactive WNV webpage http://www.kernpublichealth.com/west-nile-virus/ that is updated regularly. Although the first WNV positive mosquito has been identified in the 93304 zip code, it is important for our entire community to take precautions when outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn.

Contact your local mosquito and vector control agency if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live, work or play.