Cotati, CA. -The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District has confirmed finding another dead bird infected with West Nile virus (WNV). The dead bird, an American crow, was collected in the vicinity of Cortez Drive and McGregor Avenue in Petaluma.
"Warm temperatures are in the forecast, so people will likely spend more time outdoors. It is important that the public take personal protective measures against mosquitoes and continue to report dead birds, which are an important virus surveillance tool," said Sarah Brooks, Lead Biologist for Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District.
Vector control technicians are inspecting nearby sources of mosquito production as well as checking for new sources. Additional surveillance will continue to be conducted in the surrounding areas.
- 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.