Shasta County says West Nile Virus found near Anderson

Jun 19, 2015 1:02 PM by News Staff

The Shasta County Mosquito and Vector District has confirmed that a dead bird found just north of Anderson tested positive for West Nile Virus, the first indication of the virus in the North State this year.

Birds are natural hosts for the virus and are routinely monitored to indicate whether it is active in the district boundaries.

Last year California experienced 801 human cases of West Nile virus, and persistent drought conditions are leading experts to predict similar numbers this year.

The following precautions can be taken 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.


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