Shasta County reports first case of West Nile virus

From the Record Searchlight
August 18, 2018

While 80 percent of people infected with West Nile have no symptoms, health officials advise the public to tell their doctor if they have had any recent mosquito bites and contact their health provider immediately if they do experience any of the symptoms mentioned.

Health officials advise residents to follow the “Four Ds” to avoid the virus:

  • Drain standing water every four to five days around the house, tires, cans, flower pots, clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, toys and puddles.Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water.
  • Dusk and dawn are when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active. Health officials say it’s best to limit outdoor activities and take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent and making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition. Always follow label instructions on insect repellent carefully.
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk in areas where mosquitoes are active.

This year in Shasta County, the West Nile virus was found in two dead birds, four mosquito samples, one horse and one person.

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