There are now 17 confirmed cases of the West Nile Virus in Kern County.
Those confirmed cases are in several zip codes including 93203, 96268, 93250, 93280, 93307, 93308, 93308, 93309, 93311, 93313, 93314.
Below are some tips on how to avoid how to decrease the risk of infection:
* Do not allow water to collect and stagnate in old tires, flowerpots, swimming pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, or other containers. These are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
* Keep swimming pools operating properly; drain water from pool covers.
* Stock garden ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae such as gambusia, goldfish or others.
* Empty and scrub the walls to remove any attached eggs in birdbaths and wading pools weekly. * Avoid mosquito-infested areas and use mosquito repellant on exposed skin.
* Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors, especially if you are older or have a weakened immune system.
* Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens in good repair to keep out mosquitoes.
Contact your local mosquito and vector control agency if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live or work. For more information the public can call 661-321-3000 or visit our website at kernpublichealth.com.