A local adult is the first person in Shasta County to be reported this season with West Nile virus, according to the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency and the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District. The person is currently hospitalized.
Symptoms of West Nile virus can include high fever, severe headache, worsening confusion or stiff neck. If you have symptoms, contact your health care provider immediately. Tell your doctor if you have had recent mosquito bites.
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To help fight West Nile virus in Shasta County:
• Report significant mosquito problems to Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District (serving limited areas of the greater Redding, Anderson and Shasta Lake area) at 365-3768 or www.shastamosquito.org, the Burney Mosquito Abatement District (serving Burney Basin) at (530) 335-2133, or the Pine Grove Mosquito Abatement District (serving Fall River Valley) at (530) 336-5740 or visit www.pinegrovemosquitoabatement.com.
• Report recently dead birds to the state hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473) or visit https://westnile.ca.gov/. Though not all birds can be picked up for testing, all calls help track the virus. Dead birds should be picked up with a plastic bag and not touched.
• Vaccinate your horses, because West Nile virus mortality is high in unvaccinated horses. Vaccine must be given before the animal is exposed.
• For more information about West Nile virus, contact the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency at (530) 225-5591 or visit www.shastahhsa.net.