Dead birds in Danville, Alamo test positive for West Nile virus

Repellent is key to reducing risk of infection, officials say

The Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed Friday two dead birds from Danville and Alamo, as well as two from Pinole and Concord, tested positive for West Nile virus.

In addition a group of mosquitoes from Discovery Bay and a chicken from Holland Tract tested positive for the virus. All 2014 West Nile virus activity can be found at the district's website online.

"It's summer and you know what that means," said the district's public affairs manager Deborah Bass. "Mosquitoes and repellent go hand in hand. Or at least they should."

The two species of mosquitoes in Contra Costa County capable of transmitting the virus prefer to feed on birds; however, people can become infected when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then a person.

West Nile virus symptoms of the mild form include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can last only a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks. If severe, West Nile virus can be fatal.

To reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases, follow these guidelines:

* Report dead birds to the state hotline 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473) or at the California West Nile virus website

* Dump or drain standing water. Mosquitoes can't begin their life without water.

* Defend against mosquito bites by using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

* Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk.

* Report neglected swimming pools by calling 771-6195 or visiting the CCMVCD website Anonymous calls accepted.

Fogging for adult mosquitoes in Discovery Bay was scheduled for Friday night


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 12, 2014 at 11:33 am

I bet the infected birds and mosquitoes were here illegally!

Thanks for listening

Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Real Julia Pardini
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Hahaha .. what a dumb comment. It may seem I would say such a thing but I DID NOT.

Thanks for listening.

The one and only real Julia Pardini from Alamo

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Posted by Realer Jukia Porcini
a resident of another community
on Aug 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

The reason Ms. Porcini been had a bad headache is because she has dandruff.

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