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17 Groups of Mosquitoes & Chickens Infected with West Nile Virus in Butte County

The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District (BCMVCD) said various groups of mosquitoes, and some chickens have been infected with West Nile Virus in the county.

Posted: Aug. 9, 2018 8:11 AM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 8:13 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District (BCMVCD) said various groups of mosquitoes, and some chickens have been infected with West Nile Virus in the county.


At least 17 mosquito pools and 11 sentinel chickens tested positive for the virus, according to District Manager Matthew Ball from BCMVCD.


The mosquitos were found in south, central and northern areas of Butte County making it a total of 35 mosquito pools with one wild dead bird, officials said.


Butte County officials are urging residents to drain any and all un-needed standing water and to report any suspected mosquito-breeding sites to the district.


The Thursday announcement comes a week after the Butte County Public Health Department announced its first human case of WNV for 2018.


Officials said WNV is continuing to increase in California and that Butte County is following that trend.

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