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30 Mosquito Samples Have Tested Positive For West Nile Virus In Shasta County

West Nile Virus appears to be established in Shasta County just in time for the Labor Day weekend, according to Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District. As of last Friday, thirty mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus. Many more have been submitted for testing. No human cases have been reported this year in Shasta County. There have been 26 statewide. About 80 percent of the time infected people experience no symptoms at all, but for one if five cases it can be potentially deadly. It’s carried most commonly in Crows, Jays, and Magpies. It’s fatal for about 1 in 3 infected horses, the only species for which there is a vaccine. The best way to fight West Nile is by eliminating standing water where mosquitos breed. The new invasive Aedes Mosquito can lay eggs in water sources as small as a bottlecap. Significant mosquito problems can be reported at shastamosquito.org.