West Nile Virus Present in Shasta County

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMVCD) announced Thursday that three birds and five additional samples of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus (WNv).

The birds, an American crow, a house finch and a Western Scrub Jay, were found widely scattered at different locations within the District. These locations include Redding, Anderson and parts of unincorporated Shasta County.

Thus far, the 2012 Shasta County West Nile virus activity update is as follows: 3 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 6 mosquito samples, and 0 humans have tested positive for West Nile virus to date. Statewide, the virus activity update is 805 dead birds, 131 sentinel chickens, 1380 mosquito samples, and 34 humans have tested positive for West Nile virus.

“We continue to see large amounts of mosquitoes in the majority of our traps and although we have responded assertively to these areas; the warm temperatures and high trap counts continue to be a concern,” said Peter Bonkrude, District Manager. “We know that if these conditions persist we will continue to see positive WNv transmission evidence in our area.”

The District requests that residents check their properties for mosquito sources and report any neglected standing water, including neglected swimming pools. Additionally, SMVCD staff urges residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites; reducing activity during the peak mosquito feeding times at dawn and dusk, wearing effective insect repellent, and staying behind screened windows and doors whenever possible.

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control advises the public to implement the 3 D’s of protection:

Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent, and dress protectively when outside, making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.

Contact the District for any additional help controlling mosquitoes around your home. For more information, contact the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District at (530) 365-3768 or www.shastamosquito.org

~ From the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District press release.

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