Mosquitoes Tested Positive for West Nile Virus in Dana Point Increases to Four

By Kristina Pritchett

The number of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus in Dana Point has increased to four.

According to the Orange County Vector Control District, more than 3,000 mosquitoes have been sampled, and 244 samples were tested for West Nile Virus this year.

Mosquitoes have tested positive in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, and three people have tested positive with West Nile Virus in Orange County.

West Nile is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes acquire the virus when they feed on infected birds, then pass the virus along when they bite humans.

In Dana Point, one dead bird was collected that tested positive for the virus.

The OCMVCD said an Asian Tiger mosquito was recently detected in Mission Viejo and Newport Beach, and a Yellow Fever mosquito was detected in Santa Ana.