West Nile has appeared in Bernalillo County.
On Friday, the county said the first positive mosquitoes of 2022 were identified through routine mosquito monitoring at locations throughout the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.
“Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus will be around until there is a good hard frost in the area, so we urge people to continue to take precautions against mosquito bites throughout the rest of the season,” said Dr. Mark DiMenna, deputy director for the city Environmental Health Department.
Common symptoms of West Nile virus are fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches, and in rare cases, the virus can cause meningitis of encephalitis; those over the age of 60 are at most risk from serious disease as a result of West Nile. Those with symptoms should see their health care provided.
To minimize bites and prevent exposure to disease carried by the insects, residents should use insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing while outdoors; eliminate containers with standing water, where mosquitoes lay their eggs, and regular change water in birdbaths, wading pools and pet water bowls; prevent water from standing for more than a few days when flood irrigating; and keep windows and doors closed if they do not have screens.
Additionally, the city and county operate a joint mosquito control program that utilize integrated pest management techniques to reduce mosquito breeding. Additionally, residents are encouraged to report standing water or mosquito problems by calling 311. They can also use the 311 service to request mosquito control.
For more information, visit cabq.gov/mosquitoes.