BRENTWOOD (CBS SF/BCN) – West Nile virus is back in Contra Costa County.
Recently wellness officers learned the initial case of the yr in a dead American crow in Brentwood, in accordance to the Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Command District.
Due to the fact 2005, 75 individuals in Contra Costa have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. Two men and women died from the illness in 2006.
The district claimed in a press launch, “Selected birds carry WNV. After a mosquito bites an contaminated bird, the mosquito can turn into contaminated. Mosquitoes can distribute the virus when they bite another hen or human being.”
To reduce the hazard of the virus, the district recommends that Contra Costa County people report lifeless birds mainly because they are normally the very first sign of West Nile in a location.
The virus grows extra efficiently when temperatures are continuously higher than 55 levels. With sizzling daytime and heat right away temperatures in the forecast, the district advises citizens to minimize the possibility by averting mosquito bites.
“Infected mosquitoes can spread West Nile virus to people today as a result of a one mosquito chunk, but fortuitously, the virus is quickly preventable. With temperatures on the rise about the next a number of times, it really is crucial that Contra Costa County people choose safety measures to stay clear of mosquito bites by making use of an efficient insect repellent when outdoor, specifically all around dawn and dusk. Dress in lengthy-sleeve shirts and lengthy trousers to decrease the total of uncovered pores and skin that can be bitten. And keep away from staying outdoors exactly where mosquitoes are current, if doable,” mentioned Steve Schutz, the district’s scientific plan supervisor.
The district advises folks to dump standing h2o, as mosquitos can reproduce in a thing as little as a bottle cap complete of h2o. Window screens need to not have rips or tears and should in good shape effectively in openings.
The Centers for Disorder Management and Prevention says, when utilized as directed, U.S. Environmental Safety Company-registered insect repellents are harmless and efficient. The district suggests using those with active substances, like DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Contra Costa County inhabitants can report dead birds by contacting (877) WNV-Hen (968-2473) or going to the county’s West Nile virus website. County people can request mosquito service for residential home by contacting (925) 685-9301 or on the web on the county’s site.