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Invasive Mosquito Species Found in Tustin

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District has confirmed the first detection of Aedes aegypti in the city of Tustin. The area is east of Edinger Ave., between Red Hill and Tustin Ranch Road.

The Aedes aegypti is an invasive mosquito species established in Orange County in 2015. They can transmit debilitating dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika viruses. They can also transmit encephalitis-causing viruses and canine heartworm, which increases the health risk to pets. While these viruses are not currently being transmitted locally in Orange County, local transmission could begin if someone infected abroad returns to Orange County and is bitten by the invasive mosquito. These mosquitoes have been detected in Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, North Tustin, Orange, Placentia, Rossmoor, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, and Yorba Linda.

Crew members will inspect the area this week and post notifications. Postcard notifications will be hand delivered in the neighborhood on Monday, August 27, followed by door-2-door inspections on Wednesday.

Protect your family and pets by eliminating any standing water on your property, wear proper repellant and repair any torn window screens.

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