August 19, 2004-
MULTIPLE DEAD BIRDS TEST POSITIVE IN ACAMPO, LODI, STOCKTON AND TRACY AREAS -
STOCKTON, CA The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District has received notification from the California Department of Health Services that seven dead birds tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). The submitted birds were found in the following locations: Acampo, 95220; Lodi, 95240; Stockton, 95204; and Tracy, 95376. Four of the positive birds were found in Lodi. All other locations had one positive bird. “Regardless of where the birds were found, the important fact is that WNV is established in the area”, 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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