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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in San Bernardino

Mosquitoes collected in the city of San Bernardino have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. This is the first time this year that health officials have detected the virus.

“West Nile virus can cause a serious illness in humans, therefore I urge residents to take precautions to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said San Bernardino County Health Officer Michael A. Sequeira, M.D.

Environmental Health Services Mosquito and Vector Control officials remind residents to drain or dump and remove standing water around your property, use insect repellent in the late evening hours when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in unmaintained green pools and can fly up to 20 miles infecting neighborhoods.

West Nile fever starts with flu-like symptoms which includes rash, fever, body aches and fatigue. The West Nile Fever can develop into more serious forms which may require hospitalization.