County tests reveal presence of West Nile virus on Island

  • County tests reveal presence of West Nile virus on Island

County tests reveal presence of West Nile virus on Island

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed that four sentinel chickens tested positive for West Nile Virus antibodies. The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department said this is the only evidence of the virus in the county this year.

The state and county say the virus was detected in a Western Scrub Jay. The age range of symptomatic cases was from 21 to 77 years old.

Dead birds may be a sign of the presence of West Nile in the area. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

Not the Zika ones: Only mosquitoes can transmit the virus.

There is no specific treatment for the disease.

Some infected people will experience mild or no symptoms, according to the health department, while others can develop "high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis". Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

Wear loose, light-colored, long clothing to cover the arms and legs when outdoors.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including unused flower pots, old vehicle tires, rain gutters or pet bowls. Neglected swimming pools are also prime place for mosquito breeding. If you have a pond, use mosquito fish or commercially available products to eliminate mosquito larvae.

The samples were collected on September 22 on the Island.