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Mosquito season brings threat of West Nile virus

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Mosquito abatement officials are urging the public to take precautions against mosquito bites and mosquito breeding during the statewide West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week starting tomorrow.

“It’s important for residents to report green pools and maintain their own pools and also report dead birds and standing water,” said Ken Klemme, a biologist at the Madera County Mosquito and Vector Control District. “It’s important because West Nile can make people sick, so our best bet is to do this public outreach to let them know the risks and dangers.”

Last year 158 people contracted West Nile virus, and nine of them died, according to state reports. Since the arrival of West Nile virus seven years ago, 110 Californians have died from its related illnesses.

“One life lost to mosquito-transmitted diseases is too many,” Klemme said...


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