West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus (WNV) is a disease people can get from being bitten by an infected mosquito. The disease is usually not serious, but some people can become very ill. There is no vaccine for humans that will prevent WNV. The best way to prevent WNV is to prevent mosquito bites.

For most people the risk of catching WNV is low. Being outside a lot puts you at higher risk, especially if you are outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dawn and dusk. People over 50 years of age have a higher chance of getting sick when infected with WNV, and should be careful to avoid mosquito bites. If you go outside when mosquitoes are active, put on insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-menthane-diol or IR 3535. Follow the directions on the label.

You can help prevent mosquitoes from breeding by draining all standing water on your property.

Horses can become very sick and die from WNV. A vaccine for horses is available. Contact your veterinarian to get your horse vaccinated.

Dead Bird Reporting

Dead birds may be a sign that West Nile virus is circulating between birds and the mosquitoes in an area. To help monitor the presence of West Nile Virus in your community, report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health's West Nile Virus program at 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473). Operators are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday. After 5:00 p.m., please leave a message. In addition, you can report a dead bird anytime, by going on-line at the California West Nile Virus Website.

Due to the high volume of reports to the hotline, the California Department of Public Health is unable to respond to each report. However, all of the information received about dead birds is used by public agencies to track where birds are dying. This allows the local mosquito and vector control agencies to concentrate mosquito control efforts in those areas.

Local Mosquito Abatement

Call the numbers below or visit the Butte County Mosquito & Vector Control District's website for information regarding mosquito fogging and fogging area notification options

Butte County Mosquito & Vector Control 342-7350 (from Chico) or 533-6038 (from Oroville)

Durham Mosquito Abatement 345-2875

Oroville Mosquito Abatement 534-8383

Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District Website

West Nile Virus Educational Materials

Fight the Bite Brochure - English document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Fight the Bite Brochure - Español document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Fight the Bite Brochure - Hmong document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Be a West Nile Watcher document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

WNV Surveillance Brochure document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Over 50 WNV Brochure - English document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Over 50 WNV Brochure - Español document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Protect Your Family - Use a Repellent - English document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Protect Your Family - Use a Repellent - Español document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Home & Garden Checklist - English document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Home & Garden Checklist - Español document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Green Swimming Pools and West Nile Virus Flier document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Equine West Nile Virus in California document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Protect Your Horse - English document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Protect Your Horse - Español document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

How To Use Repellant document type Adobe Acrobat PDF format

Links

California Department of Public Health West Nile Virus Website

Center for Disease Control, West Nile Virus

American Mosquito Control Association

Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mosquito Control and West Nile Virus

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Equine West Nile Virus Surveillance Data

California Department of Food and Agriculture Equine West Nile Virus