West Nile Virus Continues to be Detected in Dead Birds

Release date: 
Sep 8
Cotati, CA. -The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (MSMVCD) has confirmed finding another dead bird infected with West Nile virus (WNv)The dead bird, an American crow, was collected near Hudis Street and Hillview Way in Rohnert Park. 
 
"Dead birds can be an early warning sign alerting us to virus activity in the local mosquito population," said Sarah Brooks, Lead Biologist for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District. "We appreciate that we have active public participation with regard to reporting dead birds. It is an extremely valuable surveillance tool." 
Vector control technicians are inspecting all documented sources of mosquito production as well as checking for new sources. Additional surveillance will continue to be conducted in the surrounding areas. 

Simple ways to help reduce exposure to mosquitoes and lessen the risk of WNv:

  • Report mosquito problems or any area that could be producing mosquitoes at www.msmosquito.com or 1-800-231-3236.
  • Stock backyard ponds or other permanent water features with mosquitofish.
  • Report dead birds to the West Nile virus hotline at 1-877-968-2473 or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.
  • Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors at dusk and dawn. Use a repellent containing one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.