MOSQUITO SURVEILLANCE DETECTS POSITIVE WEST NILE VIRUS IN LAKE HAVASU CITY

Mosquito surveillance conducted by the Mohave County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Environmental Health Division verified mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus in Lake Havasu City, in the area of Body Beach.

The Environmental Health Division conducts routine mosquito surveillance throughout Mohave County.  Culex species mosquitoes, which have the potential for carrying West Nile Virus, are identified and tested.  

As a safety precaution, MCEHD recommends that residents and visitors to Lake Havasu City avoid this vicinity of the beach/lake.  You can also reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites during the active season. Outdoor activities should also be avoided at dawn and dusk

MCEHD will continue to monitor and test mosquitoes throughout the season and update the public as more information becomes available.

West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States.  It is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Cases of WNV occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV in people. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not feel sick. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. You can reduce your risk of WNV by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.

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