ANDERSON, Calif. -

The first indication of West Nile virus has been reported in Shasta County in a positive mosquito sample collected in Anderson.

"Although the District has been able to maintain relatively low adult numbers; this early summer has provided more potential for WNV replication in mosquitoes," said Peter Bonkrude, District Manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District.  

"Additionally, with the continued warm temperatures I expect that the adult mosquito numbers are only going to increase. It is important that everyone take the necessary precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites; it only takes one."

In addition the District is asking that residents eliminate any potential mosquito sources on their property to help in the reduction of adult mosquitoes.

West Nile virus continues to exhibit levels statewide that are as high as previous years, with early positive WNV indicators throughout California counties. Due to this increase in WNV transmission, the District has augmented surveillance and treatment of larval and adult mosquitoes in the affected areas.

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

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

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District advises the public to implement the 3 Ds of protection:
• Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
• Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent and
dressing protectively when outside and making sure screens on doors and windows
are in good condition.
• Contact the District for any additional help controlling mosquito around your
home

For more information, contact the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District at (530) 365-3768 or www.shastamosquito.org

2014 Shasta County West Nile virus activity update: 0 dead bird, 0 sentinel chickens, 1 mosquito sample, and 0 humans have tested positive for West Nile virus to date (6/27/2014). Statewide virus activity update: 324 dead birds, 1 sentinel chickens, 234 mosquito samples, and 2 human have tested positive for West Nile virus to date (7/27/2014).