Aug 11, 2015 1:11 PM by News Staff
West Nile Virus has already been active in much of the North State this year, and now Tehama County officials say two sentinel chickens have tested positive, the county’s first positive test of 2015.
Officials with the Tehama County Mosquito and Vector Control District say two sentinel chickens from Corning have been confirmed to have West Nile Virus. Flocks of sentinel chickens are housed throughout the District and are tested every two weeks for West Nile and other mosquito borne diseases.
Officials from the California Department of Public Health say 2015 figures to be an extremely active year, and the state’s lack of rainfall is to blame. As natural freshwater sources dry up, certain mosquito species that need this water must rely more heavily on artificial water sources, like swimming pools and other small bodies of standing water, which are located in residential areas.
In Glenn County health officials have confirmed three human cases, and another two human cases have been confirmed in Butte County.
In late July, a 65-year-old Nevada County woman died from West Nile Virus infection. She was the first person in the state to succumb to the virus this year.
Although mild for most, the disease can become very serious and even fatal for some that become ill. Symptoms, including, but not limited to fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, typically develop from three to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
North State residents should use mosquito repellents when they go outdoors, and wear long sleeves and long pants in the mornings and evenings when mosquitos are most active.