Dead bird in SLO County found infected with West Nile Virus - KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Area News

Dead bird in SLO County found infected with West Nile Virus

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Health officials have confirmed a bird in San Luis Obispo County died from West Nile virus. It's the first time that has happened so far this year.

The state and county say the virus was detected in a Western Scrub Jay. The bird was reportedly collected on September 18 in Atascadero.

West Nile virus has been detected in 43 California counties, with 211 human cases and eight human deaths since the beginning of the year, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Since the virus is commonly transmitted by mosquitoes, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Health Department says you should protect yourself from mosquito bites and help eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

Health officials say most people infected with West Nile do not experience any symptoms. Roughly one in five people experience flu-like symptoms. Less than one percent develop a serious neurologic illness. People older than 50 and people with diabetes and hypertension are at higher risk.

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