First Dead Bird Of The Season Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

Henrietta Strickland
July 10, 2019

The Southern Nevada Health District is reporting a second human case of West Nile virus, which is spread by infected mosquitoes.

The Health District's mosquito surveillance program, which tests mosquitoes for West Nile virus, has identified infected mosquitoes in the 89005, 89032, 89101, 89110, 89123, 89129, 89131 and 89139 ZIP codes.

The agency reported its first case for the year in April.

"Finding the first positive bird is always significant because it provides an early warning sign for the disease", said Gary Goodman, manager of the district, which covers Sacramento and Yolo counties. "However, one mosquito can do incredible damage, and we had no idea".

27 people have been confirmed to have West Nile in Maricopa County since the beginning of the year, three more than were diagnosed during all of last year.

Arizona's monsoon season can be the busiest for West Nile cases. To date, none have tested positive for Zika virus.

The mosquitos Maricopa County collects across the Valley may make skins crawl, but the testing reveals valuable information.

About 80 percent of people infected with the virus never exhibit symptoms, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Be careful with mosquitoes because none of us suppose much of it".

The public is encouraged to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473).

Health officials say all kinds of things play into this, such as the rainy weather, standing water in yards, and even the bird population.

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