FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- The number of people infected with the West Nile Virus this year - and the growing number of areas where mosquitoes are testing positive - have local health officials concerned.
Two cases have been confirmed in Fresno County.
At least five more Fresno County patients are suspected of having the virus.
120 samples of trapped mosquitoes have tested positive so experts want to send an urgent reminder that you need to protect yourself with repellent and get rid of standing water.
Fresno County had 15 West Nile Virus cases confirmed last year but health officials worry this year could be worse if people don't take preventative steps.
"The positive pool of mosquitoes is concerning right now because that means there are a lot of mosquitoes out there breeding, infected with the West Nile Virus," says Fresno County educator Leticia Berber.
Steve Mulligan of the Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District says crews have been spraying insecticide in troublesome areas of standing water.
"We've also collected positive samples from other cities in our district including Kingsburg, Selma, Fowler, Sanger, Reedley and Fresno and Clovis."