First dead bird of season tests positive for West Nile Virus

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed today that the first bird of the season has tested positive fo...




The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed today that the first bird of the season has tested positive for West Nile virus. The Yellow- billed Magpie was collected last week near Elverta in north Sacramento County and it is the first sign of West Nile virus (WNV) activity for the 2019 season.

“Finding the first positive bird is always significant because it provides an early warning sign for the disease,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “It confirms that the virus is present, provides a good indication of where we may find positive mosquito samples and where human cases may develop later in the season."
 
The public is encouraged to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). Some species of birds such as crows, jays and magpies are very susceptible to the virus. Though not all birds that are reported will be picked up and tested, the reports provide valuable information and assist with mosquito surveillance and control efforts that help protect public health.
 
In response to the detection of WNV activity, the District will increase its mosquito trapping and surveillance in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding.
 
Residents may visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website.
 
To report a neglected swimming pool or other mosquito problems, please call
1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
 
2019 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  1 dead bird has tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  No activity has been registered so far.



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