11 and 12 from locations at Monroe Basin, the northwest corner of Temecula and western Hemet. It is not unusual for mosquitoes in parts of Riverside County to test positive for the virus, especially during the summer. In 2013, 81 mosquito samples tested positive for the virus. The virus can be transmitted to humans and some animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most individuals who are infected will not experience any illness. Others will have only mild symptoms, such as fever, headache and body aches. However, young children, the elderly or individuals with lowered immune systems are at greater risk of more severe symptoms. Anyone with symptoms should contact their health care provider. The departments vector-control staff has intensified mosquito surveillance as well as efforts to control adult and larval mosquitos in these areas to reduce the mosquito populations and interrupt the disease transmission cycle. Residents are encouraged to take an active role to reduce the threat of West Nile virus in their neighborhoods. Protect yourself against mosquito bites by using insect repellent. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), picaridin (KBR 3023), oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] or IR3535 according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. Lemon eucalyptus oil should not be used on children under three years of age.
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