Cotati, Ca - The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) announced finding two more dead American crows infected with West Nile virus. One dead bird was collected from San Rafael in the vicinity of Thornwood Terrace and Tarragon Drive. The other dead bird was collected from Santa Rosa in the vicinity of Aviation Blvd and Brickway Blvd. Both areas will continue to be monitored for additional virus activity.
"While Zika virus is making headlines globally, it is important that we do not forget about the threat West Nile virus poses to us locally," stated Angie Nakano, Scientific Programs Manager for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District. "Residents should continue to take personal protection measures against mosquitoes and reduce mosquito habitat on their properties."
Residents are being urged to reduce exposure to mosquitoes and lessen the risk of West Nile virus by taking these precautions:
- Avoid being outdoors during peak mosquito activity (dawn and dusk).
- Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus (always carefully read and follow the directions on the label!)
- Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves and long pants.
- Keep doors and windows closed whenever possible.
- Check and maintain all window and door screens.
- Contact the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (707-285-2200) if you have a mosquito-related problem that you cannot resolve on your own.
- Continue to report dead birds to the West Nile Virus hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD or online.
- Click here for our Backyard Checklist to help identify areas around your home that may produce mosquitoes.