Mosquito Season in Kings County
Christine King, FNP-C, MSN
Phone (559) 584-1401
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 15, 2018
MOSQUITO SEASON IN KINGS COUNTY
HANFORD - The Kings County Health Department (KCHD) would like to remind residents that mosquitos are prevalent in Kings County during the summer months. Mosquitos in Kings County have been found to carry St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) and West Nile Virus (WNV). Both viruses are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who are infected with SLEV or WNV have no symptoms or only mild non-specific flu-like illness. However, in some individuals, especially the elderly, these diseases can cause severe neurologic illness. Symptoms of severe disease include fever, headache, stiff neck, disorientation, and altered level of consciousness. Anyone experiencing these symptoms should see a doctor immediately.
The Kings Mosquito Abatement District continues to monitor for SLEV and WNV in Kings County. So far in 2018, there have been no cases of SLEV or WNV found in humans, although these viruses have been detected in mosquitos.
It is especially important to eliminate any standing water – no matter how small an amount – where mosquitos can breed. KCHD recommends that individuals protect against mosquito bites by practicing the “Three Ds”:
- DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitos from biting you. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.
- DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitos usually bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitos. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- DRAIN – Mosquitos lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.
Additional information regarding SLEV and WNV may be found at: