Orange County Vector Control has posted public health advisory flyers in the Camino La Ronda and Calle San Remo areas—on the east side of the neighboring city of San Juan Capistrano—after two samples of mosquitoes from those areas tested positive for West Nile virus on July 31.
The infected southern house mosquitoes—which prefer to feed indoors—were collected on July 23 and 24. San Juan had one confirmed human case of West Nile virus last year, with only one batch of mosquitoes testing positive.
Jared Dever, Director of Communications for the Orange County Vector Control, said the flyers aren’t meant to scare or incite the public, but rather remind them that mosquitoes and birds in the area are transmitting the virus. Dever said the elevated risk of infection is not just in the specified area, but citywide.
Orange County cities that have tested positive for West Nile this year are: Anaheim, Cypress, Huntington Beach, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin and Yorba Linda.
In order to avoid West Nile transmission, Vector Control recommends dumping or draining any standing water, repairing window and door screens, applying repellent when outdoors and avoiding spending time outdoors at dawn or dusk.
For more information, visit www.ocvcd.org or call 714.971.2421.