CONCORD, CALIFORNIA - The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is reporting mosquitoes from Brentwood and Quimby Island, and dead birds from Martinez and Discovery Bay have tested positive for West Nile virus.
This is the first dead bird from Martinez to test positive this year.
So far this year, 15 groups of mosquitoes, 10 dead birds, and 13 chickens
from Contra Costa County have tested positive for the virus.
According to the District's Scientific Programs Manager Steve Schutz, Ph.D., "West Nile virus season is still very active as we head into Labor Day weekend, and so it's very important as county residents plan outdoor activities, that they remember to prevent mosquito bites by wearing repellent and by avoiding areas where mosquitoes are present."
To prevent mosquito bites, Contra Costa County residents should:
- Wear mosquito repellent when outside. Repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus are most effective and are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Stay indoors when mosquitoes can be present. Mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus are active at dawn and dusk.
To further reduce the risk of contracting West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases:
- Dump or drain standing water to prevent mosquitoes. Most mosquitoes can't start their lives without water.
- Report dead birds to the state hotline: 1-877-968-2473. Birds are often the first sign of disease transmission in a particular area. Ravens, jays, crows, and magpies can be susceptible to the virus, and may die if infected.
Even if the birds are not tested, the reports alone yield crucial information to protect public health.
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For a list of
Contra Costa County's
2018 West Nile virus activity and locations, visit the
Since 2005, 63 Contra Costa County residents have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. In 200
6, two people died from the disease.
For current human case information, please contact Contra Costa Health Services at 888-959-9911.
Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District, an independent special district and public health agency, is located at
155 Mason Circle in Concord
. Contact the District to report mosquito problems
or at (925) 685-9301. Visit the office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquitofish for ornamental ponds, horse troughs or neglected swimming pools.