From the Manteca/Ripon Bulletin
June 17, 2021
San Joaquin County since 2004 has verified 178 human cases and 64 equine cases of mosquito borne West Nile Virus as well as 584 dead birds.
The first bird this year to die from the West Nile Virus was a wild finch found in the Ripon area.
The West Nile Virus can make human sick and even kill them. There have been 326 human deaths in California — including in San Joaquin County — from the West Nile Virus during the past 15 years.
Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile Virus as well as the potentially deadly yellow fever that has been detected in San Joaquin County for the past three years.
It is why the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District is urging residents to take advantage of the free mosquitofish distribution they are conducting in the South County.