FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 16, 2014
and Human Services AgencyPublic
Old Sonoma RoadBuilding GNapa, CA
K. Himes Agency Director
Report dead birds, squirrels and protect yourself by practicing the 3 Ds
(NAPA, Calif--) The Napa County Mosquito Abatement District confirmed the first dead bird positive for West Nile virus (WNV) on July 10, 2014. The bird was an American Crow collected in the City of Napa on July 2, 2014. Napa County residents are encouraged to report all dead birds and dead tree squirrels on the website http://westnile.ca.gov/ or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).
"This first dead bird testing positive for West Nile virus reminds us that we must take precautions to protect ourselves and our families from mosquito bites," said Dr. Karen Smith, Napa County Public Health Officer. "We’ve been seeing increased West Nile virus activity in the region, and it has started earlier than previous years. West Nile virus is most active when we’re outside enjoying the summer weather. The good news is there are simple steps we can take to protect our health."
WNV is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. Napa County Public Health recommends that individuals prevent exposure to mosquito bites and WNV by practicing the "Three Ds":
At-risk Groups: People 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications. Recent data also indicate that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness. Contact your healthcare provider if you think you or someone in your care may have symptoms of WNV.
California's WNV website includes the latest information on WNV activity in the state. Californians are encouraged to report all dead birds and dead tree squirrels on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473). Go to http://westnile.ca.gov/ for more information.
For local problems with mosquito control contact the Napa County Mosquito Abatement District at (707) 553-9610 and visit http://napamosquito.org/ for more information.Visit Napa County Public Health’s website http://countyofnapa.org/publichealth/wnvfaqs/ for more information on West Nile virus.
The Board of Supervisors and staff of Napa County are dedicated to preserving and sustaining Napa County for present and future generations as a community with generous open space, a thriving agricultural industry and a quality human and natural environment. Visit us on the Web at www.countyofnapa.org.###