Shasta County reports first positive West Nile virus mosquito sample

From the Record Searchlight
July 29, 2019

A mosquito sample collected in the Cottonwood area has tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District reported Monday morning.

“Although this is our first indication of West Nile virus activity, we know it is endemic in Shasta County and will be a concern every year,” Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District Manager Peter Bonkrude said in a news release.

The sample was taken in west Cottonwood.

Bonkrude said as warmer temperatures persist, the increase risk for transmitting the virus will continue.

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds residents to take precautions to decrease the risk by draining any standing water that may produce mosquitoes, avoid outside activities at dusk or dawn, and dress in long-sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are active.

Also, defend yourself and your home by using insect repellent, and making sure that screens on doors and windows are in good condition.

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