Health and Social Services Department
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Time: 9:15 am
Contact: Jessica Jones
Lassen County Public Health
According to a California Department of Food and Agriculture: Equine Health Alert there has been a confirmed case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a horse in Lassen County.
Please follow the link to view the alert: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/Animal_Health/wnv_info.html
Tips to prevent a mosquito bite include:
California Department of Public Health recommends that individuals prevent exposure to mosquito bites and West Nile Virus by practicing the “Three Ds”:
1. DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.
2. DAWN AND DUSK – The mosquitoes that transmit WNV bite in the early morning and evening, so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
3. DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate or drain all sources of standing water around homes and properties, including buckets, old car tires, rain gutters, birdbaths, and pet bowls. If a swimming pool is not being properly maintained, please contact the local mosquito and vector control agency.
More information about the West Nile Virus can be found here: http://www.westnile.ca.gov/wnv_faqs_basics.php#1488
More information will be provided as it comes available.