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Newsfront - June 13, 2008

Alamo bird tests positive for West Nile virus

A dead Hermit Thrush found in Alamo tested positive for West Nile virus last week, the first positive case documented in Contra Costa County this year, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District. Since the arrival of West Nile virus in the county in 2004, 22 people have been documented with the disease and two have died.

Hot weather typically precedes positive virus cases since mosquitoes reproduce in as little as five days, plus spreads the virus quicker in warmer temperatures. West Nile causes people to experience mild to severe flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, body ache and possible paralysis.

Residents are urged to use bug repellent, drain sources of standing water that could be breeding grounds for mosquitoes, prevent mosquitoes from entering residences by tightly screening all windows and doors, vaccinate horses, avoid being outdoors at dawn and dusk, and to wear long pants and sleeves when outside and mosquitoes are present.

Dead birds should be reported to 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473).

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