Break In West Nile Cases May Be Benefit Of Winter’s Bounty

From the Campbell Patch
April 29, 2019

SAN JOSE, CA — Despite the prolific water left as breeding grounds, the long, arduous winter may take the bite out of opportunities for the West Nile virus spreading this summer.

That’s because more water sources create enough space for birds and mosquitoes to spread out in their own domain, Santa Clara County Vector Control District Manager Nayer Zahiri told Patch. Mosquitoes get West Nile from birds. The flying pests then give it to people.

During drought years, mosquitoes and birds are forced to share their water sources. It’s like more people catching colds in the winter because we’re sharing more confined spaces.

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