West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes found in the San Diego area. The mosquitoes were collected at the north end of the Los Peñasquitos Lagoon which is located next to Del Mar and parts of San Diego. This is the first sign of West Nile detected this year, although no human cases have been reported yet.
Common symptoms of West Nile virus include headache, fever, fatigue, rash, nausea, and swollen glands, although it can cause extreme illness and even death in severe cases. It is mainly a disease found in birds but can be transmitted to humans when mosquitoes feed on an infected animal and then bite a human victim.
County officials are encouraging residents to be proactive in protecting themselves from mosquito bites. You can prevent mosquitoes by:
- Dumping or removing objects that can hold standing water, such as planters, buckets, trash cans, gutters, toys, old tires, wheelbarrows, and patio furniture).
- Keeping pools well maintained.
- Wearing long sleeves and pants when spending time outside.
- Using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors.
- Using screens that are in good repair on windows and doors.
- Being aware of your surroundings and reporting any dead birds, increased mosquito activity, stagnant water, or green swimming pools.