9/12/22 Update: Alma Hofman Park has re-opened.
Alma Hofman Park, 5201 Benito St., is temporarily closed due to the West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (WVMVCD) detection of mosquitoes at the park carrying the West Nile Virus. The park will reopen upon clearance from WVMVCD.
West Nile Virus is transmissible to humans as West Nile Fever—an infection typically spread by mosquitoes. Fortunately, most people infected with the virus do not feel sick. About one (1) in five (5) people who are infected can develop a fever, headache, vomiting, or rash. Other, more serious symptoms may result from infection, particularly for people over 60 years old who have other health problems.
Currently, there is no human vaccine for West Nile Fever. The best way to reduce the risk of infection is to avoid mosquito bites. Although there is no specific treatment for West Nile Fever, pain medications may reduce symptoms.
Help reduce mosquito populations and bites by:
- Eliminating standing pools of untreated/unchlorinated water collecting in old tires, buckets, gutters, plant saucers, fountains, and swimming pools.
- Preventing mosquitoes from entering indoors by installing window screens and screen doors.
- Using mosquito repellent while outdoors.
For more tips about mosquito prevention, visit https://www.wvmvcd.org/. To learn more about West Nile Virus, visit cdc.gov/westnile/index.html.