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Merced, California in Merced County the mosquito control district says they have identified Aedes aegypti also known as yellow fever mosquitoes in Merced County.

Officials say the mosquito was found in the community of Le Grand. The mosquito is able to transmit several human diseases, including dengue fever, chikungunya, yellow fever, and zika.

“This is the first detection of Aedes aegypti in Le Grand and the third city in the County of Merced, the port of invasive Aedes mosquitoes. Having Aedes aegypti in our area is very concerning, as it is an efficient vector in the spread of zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, yellow fever and viruses,” said Rhiannon Jones, General Manager of the Merced County mosquito control district.

Aedes aegypti is a small (approx. ¼ Inch), black and white day-biting mosquito that prefers to feed on humans. He lives in urban environments and lay their eggs just above the surface of the water in small containers such as flower pots, trays for plants, bowls, and food, according to officials.

Officials say residents can reduce the likelihood of the bite of Aedes aegypti or other mosquitoes by taking the following precautions:

  • Drain standing water. Mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in stagnant water.
  • To protect themselves from mosquitoes by using insect repellent containing your deetsya, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, usually at dawn and dusk.
  • Report neglected pools in the area. Anonymous calls are accepted.

To report mosquito-breeding problem areas and service request of residents of Merced County should contact the Merced County mosquito control district on (209) 722-1527, (800) 622-3242, or www.mcmosquito.org.

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