Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have been found in Butte County, officials announced Monday.
The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that for the first time this year, a group of mosquitoes in Butte County tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were found in an area north of Honcut and south of Palermo.
West Nile virus is active throughout the state. The district tests mosquito pools regularly and has found mosquitoes with West Nile virus every year since the virus arrived in the county in 2004.
Since 2004, 229 Butte County residents have contracted the virus and eight have died.
Mosquito populations continue to increase and with the detection of West Nile virus in the county, the district is urging residents to take precautions by draining any and all standing water that is not needed, reporting any suspected mosquito-breeding sites to the district and protecting themselves from mosquito bites.
“It’s imperative that county residents be aware that WNV (West Nile virus) is active and to avoid mosquito bites by whatever means necessary,” said mosquito district manager Matt Ball. “Residents are urged to do their part to prevent mosquitoes from breeding by inspecting and eliminating all standing water from their properties.”
West Nile virus is usually prevalent from May through October when mosquitoes are most abundant. Mosquitoes contract the virus when they feed on infected birds and then spread the virus when they seek other hosts to bite. Along with birds and humans, horses are also affected by the virus.
Because of the high mortality rate of horses that contract the…
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