While the number of cases of West Nile virus are up 40 percent nationwide in the past week, Solano County has not seen any significant increase.
“We haven’t seen an upsurge in the past week,” said Solano County Mosquito Abatement District Manager Jon Blegen. “Our mosquito counts have been really low this year.”
Acccording to Blegen, 19 Solano County birds have tested positive for the virus. The most recently discovered infected bird discovery was found in this week in Vallejo.
“The bird was picked up Monday (August 27) and tested on Tuesday,” said Belger on Wednesday afternoon. “We’ll do trapping tomorrow night.”
According to Blegen if there is too much wind they won’t do any trapping.
Mosquito trapping is done in areas where infected birds are found. So far this year three batches of trapped mosquitos have tested positive for the virus.
Strategies To Avoid Infection
According to Solano County public health officials, the best way to avoid becoming infected with the virus is to avoid mosquitos. The county website lists the five D’s of prevention.
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