Bird dies of West Nile Virus in San Luis Obispo

August 24, 2012

A bird infected with West Nile virus has been found in San Luis Obispo.

This is the first confirmed case of the disease this year in San Luis Obispo County.

The County Health Agency said there had been 34 cases of the mosquito-borne illness reported in the California with one death since the first of the year. The state average is less than seven cases a year.

Mosquitoes feed on infected birds and can then transmit the virus to people and animals.

“Late summer is the peak season for West Nile virus,” said Dr. Penny Borenstein, county health officer. “It is important to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites by eliminating mosquito habitat around your home, avoiding mosquitoes and wearing appropriate clothing with mosquito repellant, as necessary.”




  1. rogerfreberg says:

    oh boys and girls, I hope you know we have had it up here for a long time… or didn’t you know?

    BTW, I was tested for it here locally 6 or more years ago… let’s just say… I am not surprised.

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  2. Citizen says:

    To report dead birds or squirrels, call the California State dead bird helpline at 1-877-968-2473. Yes, that’s right. California has a “dead bird helpline”.

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  3. Ted Slanders says:

    How does one actually go out and find a bird with the West Nile virus in San Luis Obispo? Huh?

    This story tells us that the best defense is, in part, “…… avoiding mosquitoes…..” Huh? Eliminating mosquitos and their bites in an absolute sense, is like trying to walk upon water in the summer time. It can’t be done! No, I am not going to bring Jesus into this discussion, sorry. Hey, you know what? The best cure for insomnia is sleep! Same inane proposal. :(

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  4. The Gimlet Eye says:

    The fight over reality continues in TX……..

    Health Officials: No Need To Call 911 For Mosquito Bites

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  5. The Gimlet Eye says:

    The American people will not be stampeded.

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    • MaryMalone says:

      What do you think that was when Bush Jr lied us into a war in Iraq? All he had to do is sing chorus after chorus of “911, 911, 911.” Like sheep, the majority of Americans believed his lies and sent a generation of our soldiers to death and worse in the Middle East.

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      • Ted Slanders says:


        Lest we forget about Afghanistan as well, when we had Osama Bin Laden on the ropes in Tora Bora, and the fool “W” and Rummy made the costly decision not to pursue this hell bound terrorist with the forces we already had in place! Look at the consequences. :(

        Two fraudulent wars, our armed service losses, and the civilians as well, and the fact of our men and women coming back with their needless combat trauma, all for naught, makes one sick!

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        • The Gimlet Eye says:

          Ted, thanks for acknowledging that the “War on Terror” is a FRAUD.

          Maybe this virus is, too, who knows.

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