West Nile virus confirmed in Nevada County
The Nevada County Department of Environmental Health received confirmation today that a dead bird found in the Red Dog Road area tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first confirmation of the presence of West Nile virus in Nevada County this year. There have been no human or equine cases found in Nevada County to date. West Nile virus-positive birds have been previously reported from surrounding counties within the last few weeks.
Nevada County residents are encouraged to notify the state if they find birds or squirrels that have been dead for less than 24 hours and do not appear to have died as a result of an injury. The Dead Bird Reporting Web site is found at http://westnile.ca.gov/deadbird.cfm. If you do not have Internet access, the Dead Bird Hotline number is 1-877-WNV-BIRD.