Press Release from Contra Costa MVCD
August 31, 2018
The District Urges Citizens to Protect Themselves Over the Holiday Weekend
CONCORD, CALIFORNIA – The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is reporting mosquitoes from Brentwood and Quimby Island, and dead birds from Martinez and Discovery Bay have tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first dead bird from Martinez to test positive this year.
So far this year, 15 groups of mosquitoes, 10 dead birds, and 13 chickens from Contra Costa County have tested positive for the virus.
According to the District’s Scientific Programs Manager Steve Schutz, Ph.D., “West Nile virus season is still very active as we head into Labor Day weekend, and so it’s very important as county residents plan outdoor activities, that they remember to prevent mosquito bites by wearing repellent and by avoiding areas where mosquitoes are present.”