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Mosquito Sample Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Lancaster, CA – One of six mosquito samples submitted to UC Davis by the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The mosquito sample was collected near 20th Street West and Avenue H-8 in Lancaster. This is the first sign of WNV in mosquitoes in the Antelope Valley this year. “This is a reminder that West Nile Virus is active in the Antelope Valley,” said District Manager Cei Kratz. “Mosquito control is a shared responsibility of the property owner and the AVMVCD.

If both parties do their part to get rid or treat standing water, the entire community will benefit from less mosquitoes and less chances of mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile Virus.” AVMVCD personnel has been conducting intensive searches of the entire District to keep mosquito populations low and reduce the chances of residents getting ill.

This includes door to door pool inspections of properties with pools, to ensure they are either clean and maintained or completely dry. People bitten by an infected mosquito may develop West Nil