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West Nile Virus Assistance Offered
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Local residents can pick up some mosquitofish for free today, Wednesday, June 23 to help guard against West Nile Virus and aid in mosquito control.

The week of June 20-26 has been declared the 14th annual "National Mosquito Control Awareness Week" (NMCAW) by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The AMCA, an international organization of nearly 2,000 public health professionals, has been dedicated to preserving the public's health and well-being through safe, environmentally sound mosquito control programs since 1935. During "Mosquito Week" the AMCA's goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.

In recognition of NMCAW, San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control (District) had an educational booth at the recent San Joaquin County Fair. The District will also be distributing mosquitofish free to residents of all cities and surrounding rural areas within San Joaquin County.

Distribution for City of Escalon residents is scheduled Wednesday, June 23 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center/Hogan Field parking lot on Escalon Avenue. Residents will be asked to provide their name and address and the location where the fish will be placed. A maximum of 15 fish will be provided to each resident as long as supplies last.

Ideal places to use mosquitofish to prevent mosquito development are ornamental ponds, animal water troughs, and neglected swimming pools.

Mosquitofish are also usually available at the District office located at 7759 So. Airport Way, Stockton during regular business hours, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Call ahead for availability.

To request District service, call 209-982-4675, 1-800-300-4675 or visit the District website at