Second Dead Bird Found With West Nile


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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, April 13, 2006

It’s the second confirmation this year that the virus is still in the area. The first dead bird was found a month ago.

David Brown – head of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District – says this latest find is another warning. 

"It was a hawk found in the northern part of the county. We just want to make sure that it raises the level of awareness for what people need to do to make sure they’re preventing mosquitoes from coming into their own yard, certainly with these last rains because we still do have West Nile Virus here in the valley."

Brown says 2006 could be a bad year because all the wet weather may ultimately help breed more virus infected mosquitoes.

He says people can help stop the spread of West Nile virus by draining any sources of standing water.