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West Nile virus: Report dead birds, squirrels to this number

By Gary Bogue
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 at 6:36 am in Birds, Squirrels, West Nile virus.

A dead hermit thrush has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first case documented in Contra Costa County this year.

The first mosquitoes to test positive for the West Nile virus this year were also recently trapped in the Delta.

YOU can help fight this nasty virus by reporting all dead birds and dead squirrels to the same Dead Bird Hotline, 877-968-2473.

“This first bird is a strong reminder that mosquitoes can transmit the disease to animals and people, and that it should be taken seriously,” says Deborah Bass, spokeswoman for the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District in Concord, Calif.

Not all dead birds will be picked up, but the reports alone are very important. Your reports help them to concentrate their control efforts in areas that may be of higher virus risk to people.

Thanks for helping … and caring. /Gary

For information on West Nile virus and horses: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/ah/wnv_info.htm

For information on West Nile virus symptoms, prevention, or testing: http://www.ccpublichealth.org

More West Nile virus stuff at: http://www.ccmvcd.dst.ca.us

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