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July 23, 2013 > West Nile Virus positive birds found in Alameda County

West Nile Virus positive birds found in Alameda County

Submitted By Erika Castillo

The Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District is reporting two dead birds that tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the County's first indication of active virus transmission this year. The birds were both American Crows, one was picked up in the City of Pleasanton (Zip Code 94588) and the other in the City of Oakland (Zip Code 94602).

Since West Nile Virus is a mosquito-transmitted disease, controlling the mosquito population is paramount. District staff routinely inspect and treat all known mosquito sources, including but not limited to storm drains, catch basins, and neglected swimming pools. "Mosquitoes must have standing water to complete their lifecycle," said District Manager Chindi Peavey.

"We need all residents of the county, especially those in the positive bird areas, to check their own front and backyards for any standing water and dump it."

Peavey said, "Personal protection measures are also very important. Use mosquito repellent containing either DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus and wear long sleeves and long pants when going outside; put screens on your windows and doors." Residents may contact the District if they are being bothered by mosquitoes or know of a potential mosquito breeding source.

As part of an on-going surveillance program, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District is asking the public to report any dead tree squirrels or wild birds, especially crows, ravens, jays, magpies and birds of prey that have been dead less than 48 hours (and show no signs of decomposition), to the California Department of Public Health. Their website address for reporting the dead birds is: www.westnile.ca.gov <http://www.westnile.ca.gov/>. They can also be reached by phone: (877) WNV-BIRD/(877) 968-2473.

The public can access information about mosquitoes, West Nile Virus, and mosquitofish on our website: www.mosquitoes.org <http://www.mosquitoes.org/>. Residents can also pick up FREE mosquito-larvae eating fish at our District office from 7:30-4:30pm for their ornamental ponds, horse troughs, or neglected swimming pools. We are located in Hayward at 23187 Connecticut St. Our phone number is (510)783-7744.

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