August 26, 2004
ADDITIONAL BIRDS TEST POSITIVE IN NEW AREAS OF
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY-
---Manteca And French Camp Are Added To The List---
STOCKTON, CA The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District has received notification from the California Department of Health Services that four dead birds tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The submitted birds were found in the following locations: French Camp, 95231 & 95206; and Manteca, 95336 & 95337. One positive bird was found in each zip code. “The District will increase surveillance at these sites, including extra mosquito trapping and dead bird analysis. Additionally, the District will increase inspection and control of known and suspect mosquito breeding areas”, said Aaron Devencenzi of the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District. “Individuals need to take precaution to reduce their exposure to mosquitoes.” The virus is spread by mosquitoes, which feed on the blood of infected birds and can then pass it on to humans or other mammals.
Individuals can reduce their risk of mosquito-borne diseases by taking these precautions:
For information about WNV, visit the Web sites: www.sjgov/oes, www.westnile.ca.gov or www.cdc.gov. For additional contact numbers and local recorded information call 209-469-8200.
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