Concern over West Nile virus has prompted Ventura County health officials to establish a mosquito complaint hotline.
Residents can call (805) 658-4310 to report potential breeding areas created from improperly maintained swimming pools, fountains, ponds and other sources on private property, said Randy Smith of the county's Environmental Health Division.
Last week, officials announced that a 32-year-old man had become the first person in the county to contract the virus. He is expected to recover. That case, combined with the 30 to 40 calls the environmental health office receives daily about potential problems, led to the hotline, Smith said.
Once a hotline complaint is found to be valid, a county inspector will oversee treatment of the site and talk to the property owner about corrective measures, he said. Those who fail a follow-up inspection could face fines or other sanctions, Smith said.