Community Advisory Regarding West Nile Virus

(FRESNO , CA July 24, 2006) - The City of Fresno would like to advise all citizens to be aware of the presence of West Nile Virus in the Fresno area. Mosquitoes with the virus were collected by Mosquito Abatement today, Friday, at Woodward Park.

“We are starting to see a lot more West Nile activity in both birds and mosquitoes throughout the county,” said Steve Mulligan, District Manager of the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District. “It’s very important that people take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including using insect repellent in the evening from Dusk until Dawn.”

The City of Fresno strongly recommends that citizens take the following actions to decrease exposure to mosquitoes:

Use insect repellent, that contains DEET, on exposed skin whenever outside and heed extra precaution at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active
Wear long pants and shirts with long sleeves
Avoid places where mosquitoes are present
Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding
Citizens should use caution whenever they are outdoors. To report dead birds, citizens can call the CA Department of Health Services at 1-877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). To report mosquito problems, citizens should call the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District at 1-800-821-1577.

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Rhonda Jorn,Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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