Base officials recommend residents use insect repellent, protect young children and wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers to prevent mosquito bites.
According to the California Department of Public Health, one mosquito sample in Solano County was positive for West Nile Virus compared to Yolo County which had 56 mosquito samples and 20 dead birds that were positive for the west Nile virus.
Officials recommend using insect repellent containing DEET; wearing loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and trousers to reduce exposed skin; limiting time outdoors; and using screens on doors and windows. "Move indoors if you are getting bitten", she added.
West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito that has picked up the disease by feeding on an infected bird. In rare cases, WNV can cause severe disease with symptoms such as disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, inflammation of the brain, and coma.
The majority of WNV human cases in the state occur during the months of August and September.
If mosquitoes are a concern, Harvey recommends taking the same steps you would to keep them from breeding near your home, like emptying standing water and going inside at dusk.
"We are urging the public to use precautions against mosquito bites while attending outdoor events". Check the product label for instructions on proper use. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Ensure that doors and windows have tight, properly fitting screens. Agriculture officials say the spread of the virus in horses can be prevented with proper vaccination.
Avoiding contact with mosquitoes in the thick of the summer can be hard, which is why the McDonough County Health Department reminds the public to practice the three "R's": reduce, repel and report.