More dead birds tested for West Nile
Nevada County has sent more dead birds to the state for West Nile virus testing, but results had not been returned as of Monday
Larry Sage, director of the county Environmental Health Department, Monday said no human or horse virus cases have been recorded yet in the county. Two birds – one in Rough and Ready, the other in Truckee – were found in early August and tested positive for West Nile virus.
Since then, county officials have been picking up dead birds “all over the place,” Sage said, “mostly in the more populated areas.”
As of Friday, there were 343 human West Nile cases with 10 deaths in the state, according to the California Department of Health
The closest human cases were in Butte, Lassen and Sacramento counties. There were horse cases cited in Placer County and four mosquito pools with the virus in Yuba County, as well.
Nevada County Agricultural Commissioner Paul Boch said the Nevada County West Nile Virus Task Force will be providing residents with another chance to stock their ponds with free Mosquito Fish. The Task Force has also announced a West Nile telephone number – 470-2676 – where general and updated information is available.
The fish giveaway will take place in both Grass Valley and Truckee.
The Grass Valley giveaway will be held from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, at the Nevada County Resource Conservation District office at 113 Presley Way, Suite No. 1, directly across from the golf course.
The Truckee giveaway will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joseph Government Center on Levone Avenue, across from the hospital. Names and addresses will be collected to track the distribution of fish in the county.
Fish will be given out in plastic bags, and the number of fish will depend upon the size of the pond. The closed bag of fish should be placed in the shallow water at the pond’s edge to allow the water temperature to equilibrate, and then the fish released near some cover.
For further information, call the Nevada County Resource Conservation District at (530) 272-3417.
Mosquito fish are in the same family as guppies. They are small, only grow up to 3 inches in length and feed on anything smaller than they are. They prefer water temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the summer, broods of 40 to 300 live young may be produced every three weeks. These fish occupy the shallow shore edges and usually live about three years.
West Nile is spread from the bite of an infected mosquito that can also infect birds and horses. A current vaccination recommendation for horses is to vaccinate every six months. Vaccinations are available through local veterinarians.
At present, there is no specific treatment or human vaccination for the virus. Most people who are bitten by an infected mosquito will not get sick.
People who do become ill may experience mild flu-like symptoms.
Approximately 1 percent of the people infected with West Nile become severely ill and require hospitalization. The elderly, young and those whose immune systems are compromised are at highest risk for illness caused by West Nile.
The Task Force continues to provide information on ways to minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. This includes avoiding activities outside when mosquitoes are present, making sure doors and windows have tight screens, and eliminating all sources of standing water that can support breeding
People infected with West Nile become severely ill and require hospitalization. The elderly, young and those whose immune systems are compromised are at highest risk for illness caused by West Nile.
The Task Force continues to provide information on ways to minimize the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes. This includes avoiding activities outside when mosquitoes are present, making sure doors and windows have tight screens, and eliminating all sources of standing water that can support breeding mosquitoes.
The Nevada County West Nile Virus Task Force can be reached at 470-2676 or on the Net athttp://new.mynevadacounty.com/westnilevirus/
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