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#1 User is offline   Eric 

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Posted 29 May 2008 - 03:51 PM

2 Dead Birds Test Positive For West Nile Virus

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Two dead birds found in the Central Valley have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Western scrub jay that was found in the Antelope area and examined by the district is the second bird that has tested positive for the virus in the area for 2008, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District said.

An infected American crow was found near Herald in March.

However, the jay is the first infected bird found this year in an urban area, the district said.

"We saw a rise in the temperatures a few weeks ago, and mosquitoes are definitely out," district manager David Brown said. "It is extremely important that the public drain any standing water around their home and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. More people are out and about in the early morning and evening hours, so please dress appropriately or wear an effective mosquito repellent."

In addition, an American crow found in the Tracy area tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District said.


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Posted 11 October 2010 - 10:04 PM

West Nile virus is transmitted by mosquitoes, and the wet winter has made it an ideal breeding ground for them. People should get rid of standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

West Nile virus mainly infects birds but also infect humans, and other domestic animals like dogs and cats. In 2006, the US saw more than 4,000 cases of West Nile virus infection and 177 deaths. In 2009, California had 4 fatalities, and 112 human cases.
There is no evidence that West Nile virus can be acquired by handling dead birds, but it is best not to handle the dead bird with your bare hands. Use gloves, a shovel, or a plastic bag to place the bird in a trash bag for disposal. Please DO NOT freeze dead birds.
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