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Two New Birds Found With West Nile Virus In Sacramento County

Two New Birds Found With West Nile Virus In Sacramento County

No cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in human beings so far in 2018, but a positive sample points to it being a potential threat in the future, especially if additional positive samples arise.

The research team said it discovered the method while researching sage grouse populations in the intermountain west, adding sage grouse populations suffer adverse impacts from mosquitoes transferring viruses like West Nile.

"Mosquitoes spread West Nile virus from infected corvid birds (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays) to humans through mosquito bites". Most people who contract the virus have no symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. There were eight deaths in the state in 2017 and 90 reported human cases. Four out of five people infected won't even show symptoms.

DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

Eliminate mosquito-breeding areas around your home by emptying or discarding anything that holds standing water-bottles, cans, old tires, buckets, plastic covers, and toys.




Wear a long sleeve shirt, long trousers, and a hat when going into mosquito-infested areas, such as wetlands or wooded areas.

Report - report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

"The mosquito and West Nile virus season is definitely underway", Gary Goodman, the agency's district manager, said in a statement.

Which means, birds are the primary source of West Nile Virus.


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