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Mary-Joy Coburn (714) 971-2421
Public Affairs Coordinator
Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District
Maria Stipe (714) 741-5106
Deputy City Manager
City of Garden Grove
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Today, the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) informed City officials that invasive mosquitoes have been found in Garden Grove. The species (Aedes aegypti) is a small, black, mosquito with white stripes, capable of transmitting West Nile virus as well as other diseases. A public health advisory warning of the existence of the invasive mosquitoes, including facts about the species, is being distributed to local residents.
The discovery occurred as a result of a service request to the OCMVCD that Garden Grove residents had experienced bites to their legs from aggressive mosquitoes. A thorough investigation by the OCMVCD was conducted, and the presence of the invasive mosquito was confirmed.
OCMVCD personnel have been deployed to areas of the city to conduct neighborhood inspections of properties for mosquito breeding and standing water in the surrounding area. OCMVCD staff are also informing nearby residents of the discovery of the invasive species and asking them to report additional sightings and mosquito bites.
According to the OCMVCD, to date, four human infections of the West Nile virus have been reported in Garden Grove. Anaheim, with seven cases, has the most number of West Nile infections reported in Orange County.
More information regarding West Nile virus can be found at the OCMVCD website and through the OC Health Care Agency’s website.
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