Bird dies of West Nile Virus in San Luis Obispo
August 24, 2012
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.”