West Nile virus activity at a record high in Butte County

Aug 17, 2015 11:54 AM by News Staff

Butte County officials say West Nile Virus activity is at a record high for this time of year, and 24 people have now tested positive for the virus.

The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Monday that 24 humans, 88 groups of mosquitoes, 34 sentinel chickens, and 21 dead birds, have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2015.

The positive tests were collected across the county and officials urge all residents to take all precautions necessary to drain any and all un-needed standing water.

Since 2004, 177 residents have been infected with the virus, 7 of which have lost their lives due to the disease. The District has located the mosquito transmitted disease in Chico, Hamilton City, Paradise, Oroville, Palermo, Honcut, Biggs, Gridley, Richvale, Nelson, and rural/agricultural areas throughout Butte County.

Residents should use mosquito repellents when they go outdoors, or wear long sleeves and long pants especially at the times when mosquitoes are most active.

In addition to birds and humans, horses are also affected by West Nile. Due to the high mortality rate of horses that contract the disease, owners are encouraged to make sure their horses are kept current with their WNV vaccinations.


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