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St. Louis Encephalitis Virus Warning

YCPAD staff report the following  St. Louis encephalitis virus positive mosquito pools from traps placed on the night of June 13th:

Yuma East Wetlands -Levee Curve and Center

Please be careful while in the area and please apply mosquito repellent and use precaution when outside.

YCPAD will be doing an aerial drop of the Yuma East Wetlands next week.

St. Louis encephalitis (SLE) virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people infected with SLE virus do not have symptoms. Those people who do become ill may experience fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. Some people may develop neuroinvasive disease, such as encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord). In rare cases, long-term disability or death can occur. There are no vaccines to prevent or medicines to treat SLE. You can reduce your risk of infection with SLE virus by using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and taking steps to control mosquitoes indoors and outdoors.


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