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Wet Weather Prompts West Nile Worries

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 15, 2010
There has been plenty of rain this winter in the central valley. So experts are predicting a robust mosquito population when the weather warms. 

John Stroh of the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District says a surveillance program for the pest is already underway. 
“Areas that we're concentrating on right now include containers, ditches ponds, etc, that were empty or dry last year that have now filled up and now present themselves as mosquito sources this year.”

Of particular concern is West Nile Virus, a mosquito borne illness that can be fatal to humans and animals. Officials plan to once again provide the public with a breed of fish that eats mosquitoes. The fish are often placed in swimming pools of abandoned homes in foreclosure.

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