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BCMVCD: West Nile Virus "Out of Control"

The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Posted: Aug 9, 2018 6:11 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- The west nile virus is "out of control" right now in Butte County, this is according to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

So far this year, one person in Butte County has been confirmed to have the west nile virus, but the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District predicts there will be several more cases this year.

One bird has died from the virus and 11 sentinel chickens have been diagnosed with the virus.

The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District said they have been finding the virus all over the valley floor, this includes Chico, Gridley, Biggs, Palermo and Oroville.

Action News Now asked if this year is as big of deal compared to years past.

"Last year was a lower, a reduced year of west nile virus, whether that be humans chickens, we had less west nile last year so we're beyond that this year, I don't want anyone to get a false sense of security," said Matthew Ball, District Manager of BCMVCD

There have been more than 240 cases of west nile virus and 8 confirmed deaths since it came to Butte County in 2004.
Wear long sleeves and pants or wear repellent to help protect yourself from getting bitten.

If you have any ponds on your property, the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District offers free mosquito fish that help eat mosquito larvae. If you're interested in this, you can find more information here.

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