A bird found dead in Modesto has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the East Side Mosquito Abatement District.
This is the first confirmed case of West Nile in Stanislaus County this year.
As of May 15, West Nile virus has been detected in 10 California counties with the virus being confirmed in 18 dead birds and 17 mosquitoes. The virus has not been detected in horses or humans in 2015.
Officials say testing dead birds is an important step in preventing West Nile. To report a dead bird, call the California State hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD.
Officials remind residents of the following steps to help people protect themselves and others from mosquito bites and West Nile virus.
- Eliminate sources of standing water. Dump out any container that can hold water for more than a few days.
- Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, during the early morning and late afternoon.
- When outdoors, cover up as much skin as possible. Wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing will help reduce mosquito bites.
- Keep mosquitoes out of your home by making sure tight fitting screens are on doors and windows.
- Apply insect repellent according to label instructions.
Read more: http://fox40.com/2015/05/18/dead-bird-tests-positive-for-west-nile-virus-in-stanislaus-county/