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Signs of West Nile Virus found in Shasta County

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REDDING, Calif. - The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed that four sentinel chickens tested positive for West Nile Virus antibodies. Officials said this is a sign of increased risk to people from West Nile virus.

The chickens were part of a flock located east of Redding.

The district maintains several chicken flocks in various parts of the district as disease sentinels. Blood samples are collected from these chickens and tested every two weeks.

"Even though temperatures are dropping, we are still actively trapping mosquitos that have the potential to transmit West Nile virus. If you plan to be outside during dusk or dawn, it is imperative you continue to protect yourself from mosquito bites," said Peter Bonkrude, District Manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District.

The district is still actively conducting both larval and adult mosquito control, based on their routine surveillance. Despite the season having lower West Nile virus positive indicators that 2016, the risk still remains for Shasta County residents.

SMVCD staff urges residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites; reducing activity during the peak mosquito feeding times at dusk and dawn, wearing effective insect repellent, and staying behind screened windows and doors whenever possible.

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