More birds test positive for West Nile

SAN DIEGO - Another 35 dead birds tested positive for West Nile virus in San Diego County last week, bringing the total number to 251 this year, county health officials reported today.

"Vector Control is working hard to suppress the mosquito population in the county, but we also need residents to look around their own yards for mosquito breeding spots,'' said Gary Erbeck, director of the County Department of Environmental Health.

Three people in San Diego County contracted West Nile virus this year, according to the county.

The DEH recommends that residents protect themselves from mosquito bites by removing standing water around their homes, making sure windows and screens are kept closed and in good condition, and using insect repellents when outdoors during dawn and dusk hours. Mosquitos only need half an inch of water to lay eggs.

"This disease is not something to be taken lightly. Take those few extra steps to protect yourself and your family,'' Erbeck said.

Dead birds can be reported, and more information on West Nile virus can be found, on the county's Web site at

www.SDFightTheBite.com

, or by calling (888) 551-INFO (4636).

   
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