Town Of Moraga

Summer Brings West Nile Virus

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District recently announced that eight more dead birds tested positive for West Nile virus. Birds carry the West Nile virus and people can become infected when a mosquito bites a bird and then a person. West Nile virus symptoms include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and swollen lymph glands, and, in its most severe form, can be fatal. "It only takes one bite to get West Nile virus from an infected mosquito and anyone of any age can get this disease," said Deborah Bass, public affairs manager for the District. "But, contracting the virus is largely preventable by taking simple, but very important precautions, such as draining any standing water, wearing long sleeves and using repellent if outdoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are more prevalent.” Visit www.contracostamosquito.com for more information.

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