The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) continues to experience significantly increased West Nile virus (WNV) activity.

While fussing over COVID-19, don’t forget about West Nile Virus

Everyone is rightly urged to maintain social distancing, wash hands frequently, and wear a face mask when away from home in order to squelch COVID-19.

But while you’re wise to keep up with such precautions, you should also be mindful of West Nile Virus, which attacks the central nervous system and can in rare cases be fatal.

Unlike COVID-19, which researchers think is spread by airborne particles, West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes.

So dump that standing water, wear long sleeves and insect repellent, and fix holes in your screens to keep the little buggers out.

According to Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control, northwest Orange County is not yet a hotbed of West Nile Virus activity, and we want to keep it that way.

An online map maintained by Vector Control (see below) shows recent activity in Cypress, Buena Park, Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Huntington Beach. That “activity” means either a dead bird or trapped mosquitoes that tested positive. There have been two cases of West Nile Virus in humans, one in Huntington Beach and one in Anaheim.

Map of West Nile Virus activity in Orange County as of September 1, 2020. Graphic courtesy of Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control..
Map of West Nile Virus activity in Orange County as of September 1, 2020. Graphic courtesy of Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control..