Third Bird With West Nile Found


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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, June 15, 2006

David Brown with the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District says it’s the third bird with the disease found so far this year in the region.

"A Western Scrub-Jay was found in the Antelope area of North Sacramento County and it’s really important because it’s a corvid - the other two were hawks so we weren’t quite sure whether they were rollovers from last year or not but with a finding of a corvid we know that we have active transmission occurring so it’s another wake up call."   

Brown says people should be vigilant about getting rid of any standing water in their yards – places where mosquitoes can breed.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of infected mosquitoes.