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West Nile Virus Found in Dead Bird

Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District say dead bird found in town tested positive for West Nile virus.

Bay City News Service

The first bird in Alameda County to test positive for West Nile Virus this year was detected Friday, the Alameda County Mosquito
Abatement District manager said.

The crew found the dead crow in Livermore Thursday after someone called the West Nile Virus hotline and reported the bird in the area, district manager John Rusmisel said.

Testing this morning at Hayward facilities revealed the bird was the first "acutely positive" bird in Alameda County, Rusmisel said.

Crows and ravens are good indicators that the virus is being spread within the county limits as they die quickly after infection from mosquitoes, Rusmisel said.

Other birds, such as sparrows, can live and fly far distances while carrying the virus for months, throwing off where the infection was contracted.

That the infected crow was found in Livermore, which is part of the Tri-Valley area, is not surprising, the district manager said.

"We predict that the Tri-Valley area, being the warmest part of the county, will be the focus of West Nile Virus infections this year."          

Rusmisel advised residents to check outdoor spaces for standing water.

Other tips to prevent residents from mosquito bites and therefore West Nile Virus, which is spread through the bugs, include avoiding spending time outdoors at dusk and dawn, wearing DEET insect repellent and dressing appropriately when outdoors in buggy areas.

For more information about mosquitoes and West Nile Virus visit mosquitoes.org.

Tami Neal August 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Isnt that just wonderful news!! Not. What should we do about animals, if a mosquitto comes into our home thru say a screen or door???? I know our horses and stuff are vaccinated against west nile, but cats and dogs?? Does anymore know if there are such vaccines available? I live right off of airway, do we know where the bird was found? Closer to the airport, or portola ave?
Kathleen Schoening August 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I left this on Livermore Patch Facebook as well, today a neighbor had to call the police on a man who let his dog loose on the Springtown Golf Course to kill birds in the pond. It was disgusting. The police came promptly but can the west nile virus be spread from animal to animal?
John Harrington August 18, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I hope the county does like they do in other places in the US and SPRAY so that lives of animals and people are saved. I know the enviro nazi's won't want this.
david August 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Why don't we know exactly where this crow was found, street names would be nice! It is beyond me why the authorities hold back these facts and journalists don't even blink.
david August 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
The Herald reports the crow was found east of the airport off of Airway Blvd.
mike August 18, 2012 at 04:19 PM
You have got a fixation with Nazi's don't you.
James Buckley August 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Where the Crow was found is meaningless. West Nile is all around the state. Using Mosquito repellant and avoiding contact with Misquitos is the only protection from getting the virus and avoiding the infection.
Michael Delfino August 18, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I'm not saying people shouldn't take common sense approaches to prevention (IE: clearing out standing pools of water, etc.), and I'm certainly not an "environmental nazi" as one person put it, but this is being made to be far more of a deal than it is. Every couple of years, the WHO comes up with the next biggest baddest thing that's going to kill us all (remember SARS or any of the other dozens of other things?). Think about it, in the last couple of years, how many deaths have been caused by West Nile in the Bay Area? How many people are there in the Bay Area? I haven't figured out the odds, but you may well have better odds playing the Lotto! Yes, take appropriate preventive measures, but lets not all get into panic mode and start spraying everything in site (which may well be more harmful to us in the long run anyway) because of a giant PR campaign.
david August 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
It is not meaningless, it is a fact that should be included in the story for the reader to know, basic journalism 101.
Herb Russell August 18, 2012 at 11:26 PM
Question: if there is standing water with mosquitoes breeding located in a common area of an apt bldg and the managers do nothing about it, is there a number to call locally that can enable us to get help to remedy the situation? Perhaps Alameda Co had a hotline or something? FYI I live in Livermore just in case there's a local agency handling these issues. Thanks!!
WhitRozes August 19, 2012 at 01:43 AM
If management doesn't do anything, why not go to the store and get the stuff to pour in the water yourself? The pet section at Walmart or any other pet store has it.
John Marchand August 19, 2012 at 04:06 AM
@Herb Russell - Contact the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District. Their Hotline is (510) 783-7744 and they are located at 23187 Connecticut St. Hayward, CA 94545-1605. You can read up on abatement strategies at http://www.mosquitoes.org/index.htm. They will deliver mosquito fish, free of charge if you have a pond.
Wendy Grant August 20, 2012 at 09:00 AM
Oh great right my neighborhood
Shannon August 20, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Off of Airway? East of the airport? Isn't that where arroyo las positas is? Is Alameda Co. addressing this probably stagnant water?
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District August 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Dogs and cats can be exposed to WNV in the same way as humans. However, these animals are very resistant to WNV and rarely become ill. There is no vaccine for cats and dogs. For more information, on dogs, cats and WNV, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/wnv_dogs_cats.htm
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District August 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Typically West Nile virus is transmitted from bird to bird by infected mosquitoes. Horses, humans, and tree squirrels can also becomes infected with West Nile Virus if bit by an infected mosquito but are considered "dead end" hosts because they do not produce a high enough viremia to pass on the virus to another mosquito so the cycle is broken. There is no documented evidence of person-to-person, animal-to-animal, or animal-to-person transmission of WNV.
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District August 20, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Herb, call our office (510-783-7744) or visit our website (www.mosquitoes.org) to report mosquito issues. We respond to mosquito biting complaints, standing water issues, mosquito fish requests, and offer school and community educational presentations. All services are free of charge. @John thanks for the information!
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District August 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM
We are increasing surveillance (CO2 baited adult mosquito trapping), inspections of any standing water, and treatments of larval mosquito sources around the area where the dead bird was found. We keep on eye on Arroyo Las Positas to make sure it doesn't produce mosquitoes but thanks to a healthy fish supply it is rarely a problem. Most mosquitoes in the area are produced from stagnant water in underground catch basins and storm drains. Neglected swimming pools in the Tri-Valley area are also a source of many mosquitoes.
Ly August 21, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Saw the A.C.M.A.D. Jeep driving north on Portola from Murrieta, this afternoon. Now I know why.
Theresa Crews August 30, 2012 at 07:44 PM
I work off of Airway and we currently have a dead crow laying on the front lawn, should i call to have this bird checked out as well? And, who should I call?
Quinn August 30, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Maybe they should put mosquito eating fish in all catch basin and storm drains though out all of Alameda county.

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