West Nile virus reported in Orange County
Two mosquitoes collections from Orange County have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Mosquito Control Director Patrick Beebe.
The Department of State Health Services recently informed the mosquito control district after testing samples taken by area officials between July 7-11, on the north and south sides of Interstate 10, west of Farm Road 1135 and Doty Road. They are the first isolated samples collected in the county in 2008.
West Nile affects mostly those age 50 and over, causing flu-like symptoms that can be potentially fatal.
“Now is the time for everyone to take personal … measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites, regardless of what area it is they live in throughout the county,” Beebe said in a media release.
The Mosquito Control District advises residents to use repellent containing DEET, or picaridin, when mosquito activity is present.
Other protective measures include moving indoors at dusk and dawn when many species are most active, wearing light-colored, loose-fitting clothing as a barrier and and draining standing water from the owner’s property.