- Contra Costa County residents are being warned about the threat of West Nile virus after seven chickens tested positive on Holland Tract near the town of Knightsen.
Health officials say the spray breaks down quickly and doesn't leave a toxic residue.
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"We usually detect the virus in dead bird samples first, but so far this year we have been receiving relatively few dead bird reports from the public", said Schutz. However, mosquito spraying is planned for 10 p.m.to midnight on Monday on roads within a one-mile radius of the Elm and Williams Street intersection. He says officials hope early virus detection doesn't mean abnormal mosquito-borne disease activity later in the year.
Reducing outdoor exposure at dawn and dusk when the type of mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active. It also asked residents to remove clutter, including buckets, tarps and tires, that can hold standing water.
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No approved WNV or EEE vaccines are available for humans, according to Delaware's Division of Public Health. Most humans infected with WNV have no symptoms, but some have mild flu-like symptoms and a small number developing more serious neurological disorders.
For those that get West Nile, there is no vaccine or specific treatments though over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to reduce fever and relieve various symptoms. Both WNV and EEE cause severe, and sometimes fatal, infections in horses. A quick cover-to-cover read to catch up on the news of the week and experience great stories about our local communities.More news: Trump blames Obama for not preventing 2016 hacking attack