Just last week, I wrote a post about how to protect yourself from mosquitoes bites to reduce the risk of being infected with West Nile virus. At the time, no virus activity had been detected in Merced County. However, this past Monday, officials at the county’s Mosquito Abatement District issued warnings in three Merced County areas where mosquito and sentinel chicken samples tested positive for West Nile. These include rural areas in Dos Palos and Hilmar and the city of Merced.
Officials are warning residents to stay away from bike lanes, especially near the creek because of high mosquito activity near water. The District has scheduled aerial and ground spraying of mosquito treatment for the next few days. In the city of Merced, ground spraying is scheduled for tomorrow night and aerial treatment is planned for sometime next week. Spraying usually happens after sunset, sometime around 8:30 p.m.
The areas where the samples tested positive are spread throughout Merced County. This means there is a high possibility that virus activity may be present in more parts of the county. No human infections have been reported yet, but according to officials at the Abatement District, it will only be a matter of time if people don’t take precautionary measures.
See post below for tips on how to reduce the risk of being infected.