West Nile virus discovered in Butte County

Jul 1, 2014 11:09 AM by News Staff

A day after it was announced West Nile virus had been discovered in Shasta County, The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Tuesday, a crow, found southwest of Palermo, has tested positive for the virus.

This is the first positive indicator of West Nile virus in Butte County this year.

Matthew Ball, District Manager for the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District said, "It's imperative that county residents be aware that WNV is active and to avoid mosquito bites by whatever means necessary. Residents are urged to do their part to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by inspecting and eliminating all standing water from their properties."

West Nile virus has been identified in Butte County every year since its arrival in 2004. Since 2004, 128 residents have been infected and seven lost their lives.

Warm temperatures mean that mosquito activity is going to increase. Everyone is encouraged to take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

Reduce activity during peak mosquito feeding times at dawn and dusk.

Wear effective insect repellent.

Stay behind screened windows and doors whenever possible.

Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

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


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