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Sentinel Chicken Tests Positive for Antibodies to West Nile Virus

Release date: 
Aug 9

Cotati, CA-The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District (MSMVCD) announced the first sentinel chicken to test positive for antibodies to West Nile virus (WNV) in Marin County. The sentinel chicken that tested positive is from a flock that is located in the vicinity of Gage Lane in Novato. Additional West Nile virus activity was detected in three more dead birds in Sonoma County. The three birds were all collected from Santa Rosa.

Dead Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in Marin County

Release date: 
Jun 14

Cotati, CA -The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District (MSMVCD) has confirmed the first dead bird infected with West Nile virus (WNV) in Marin and Sonoma counties for 2013. The bird, an American crow, was found near Redwood Road and Floribel Avenue in San Anselmo. The bird was submitted for testing on May 29th, 2013.

"The positive dead bird is a reminder that West Nile virus continues to be a threat, not only to humans but also to wildlife, such as birds," said Nizza Sequeira, Public Relations Director for MSMVCD.


Release date: 
Apr 19

Cotati, Ca. April 19, 2013 — Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand. Coinciding with the arrival of mosquito season, the California State Legislature declares the week of April 21-27, 2013 as West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week in California. West Nile virus is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can result in debilitating cases of meningitis and encephalitis, and lead to death in humans, horses, some bird species and other wildlife.

Risk of Tick-borne Disease Transmission is Year-round in Marin & Sonoma Counties

Release date: 
Dec 20

Cotati, CA- Officials with the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (MSMVCD) are urging the public to take precautions against ticks when engaging in outdoor activities this winter. Adult Ixodes pacificus, the western black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick), are most active from fall through


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