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By Kristina Pritchett
The number of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus in Dana Point has increased to four.
According to the Orange County Vector Control District, more than 3,000 mosquitoes have be sampled and 244 samples were tested for West Nile Virus this year.
Mosquitoes have been tested positive in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, and three people have been tested positive with West Nile Virus in Orange County.
West Nile is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes acquire the virus when they feed on infected birds, then pass the virus along when they bite humans.
In Dana Point, one dead bird was collected that was tested positive for the virus.
The OCMVCD said an Asian Tiger mosquito was recently detected in Mission Viejo and Newport Beach, and a Yellow Fever mosquito was detected in Santa Ana.