West Nile Virus season has begun: 8 birds have tested positive in Sac County

From The Sacramento Bee
June 25, 2018

In what is being called a slow start to the annual West Nile Virus season, officials said 27 birds have tested positive for the sometimes deadly virus in California so far this year, eight of them in Sacramento County.

“There have been other years, like 2014 or 2016, where we’ve seen a lot more activity,” said Luz Robles, the public information officer for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

No human cases of the sometimes deadly virus been reported in the region this year. Just four cases have been confirmed elsewhere – in Los Angeles, Kern and Riverside counties – by the California Department of Public Health.

But officials are still urging people to be proactive in eliminating mosquito breeding grounds and protecting themselves.

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