ALERT: West Nile Virus Found in Claycord

October 4, 2012 15:43 pm · 20 comments

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District announced today that five more birds and one chicken have tested positive for West Nile virus. The birds were found in Brentwood, Concord, Discovery Bay, Pleasant Hill, and Walnut Creek. The chicken is part of sentinel flock located in Oakley.

The latest birds tested positive as an early October heat wave pushed temperatures in many Contra Costa County communities near or past the century mark. The heat plays a significant role in both mosquito and virus activity.

“The mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus thrive in warm weather because higher temperatures allow them to complete their life cycles more quickly,” said the District’s Scientific Program’s Manager Steve Schutz, Ph.D. “Higher temperatures also allow the virus to grow rapidly, increasing the chances that birds or mosquitoes can become infected.”

The District asks all residents to be vigilant about avoiding mosquitoes by wearing repellent when mosquitoes are present. Dump or drain any standing water to prevent mosquitoes from having a place to lay their eggs, and report dead birds because they are often the first sign of West Nile virus in a particular location. Reporting neglected swimming pools is also very important because one neglected swimming pool can produce 1 million mosquitoes that can affect people up to five miles away.

Since 2005, 39 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. In 2006, two people died from the disease. A recent study has shown that the majority of cases are undiagnosed and grossly under reported. This year, a total of two people, 19 groups of mosquitoes, 56 dead birds, and seven chickens have tested positive for the virus. The number of mosquitoes, birds and chickens have already surpassed the number of insects and animals that tested positive for the virus in all of 2011.

For current West Nile virus activity and to receive emails when the District fogs for adult mosquitoes, please visit the District’s website and sign up for automatic email notification.

{ 20 comments }

1 misty October 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM

This looks like the leach running the City of Concord, Mayor and City Manager.

2 Makes Sense October 4, 2012 at 4:36 PM

Two weeks ago my boyfriend had a very high fever strike him out of no where, he had no other signs of illness other than the fever and extreme tiredness. (no runny nose, cough, etc). After two days of the fever barely budging with tylenol and/or aspirin, he went to the Concord John Muir Emergency room. They did tons of blood work and could not figure out what it could be. They asked him once if he had any mosquito bites recently, but after he said he had none he was aware of, they never actually tested for West Nile Virus. (Does anyone know if the testing for this extremely expensive or something??). They released him, telling him to let it run its course. The fever, ranging from 101-103 lasted a total of 5 days then finally broke and went away. I thought all along it was West Nile Virus; this recent report of it showing up in our area makes me even more convinced.

I really think people need to push the doctors more to test for it when illness comes out of no where like that with no other indication of being sick. With it being found in the area, I think it should be one of the first things they test for, actually.

3 Atticus Thraxx October 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

In a perfect world, ‘squitos would get sick and die when they bit humans.

4 Fighting racist retards in Concord October 4, 2012 at 5:15 PM

@The Real McCoy, only ignorant bigots as yourself who hide behind a computer, can associate illegal immigrants, and raising chickens, to the west Nile Virus. With that logic, it’s safe to say that chicken farmers, are the sole cause of spreading West Nile. Maybe you should stop wasting your time trolling the internet and go sue foster farms.

While you do so, I’ll pray to our lord that you didn’t procreate.

5 MO October 4, 2012 at 5:18 PM

@Makes Sense
Sounds logical…what you said.
It’s important to go to the doctor ..even ER fast if you suspect West Nile…and you can ”demand” they check for it and I’ve seen the doctor take it way to lightly and not want to test for it. (I don’t know why)…another thing, is Lyme disease…with every possible symptom they think you are nuts to ask for tests….and then if you go back with a full fledged ”for sure” illness…they wonder why you didn’t ask.

We have ponds here on the farm and a pretty fast running creek…and I always worry about the mosquitoes …. however so far so good…I really wouldn’t have thought you guys in the city would have an issue….”old unattended swimming pools”? …. I don’t have even a dog water pan outside…(I don’t have a dog right now…but I have a cat..who comes in to eat and drink and sleep)….no bird baths…another thing that is bad is an old tire or two in the back yard….

We now have rabid skunks running around…and I think rabies in a coon…was found this week….watch your back yard visitors…it’s that time of year………….

6 Isabeau October 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Chickens don’t transmit WNV and are not the source of the problem – it’s the mosquitoes. The chickens are part of a SENTINEL flock – one that is kept in a high-risk area and then tested regularly to see if they’ve developed the virus. Much easier than relying solely on the public to report sick/dead birds.

7 joe October 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Hopefully the government will give us special vaccines to protect all of us. That’s sarcasm by the way.

8 Palermo October 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

There are also tainted cortisone shots out there right now, the kind you get in your spine for back pain. A lot of people are getting spinal meningitis from them, with a lot of those same symptoms. Very scary.

9 Peabody October 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

‘Your Own Perfect Medicine’, by Martha Christy. ‘The Water of Life’, by J.W. Armstrong
If you get to a point where you feel your body is not fighting or your immune system is overwhelmed – Help it out with the anti-bodies that You are making.

10 Sam October 4, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Report ur neighbors bad pools!!!

11 uknown silencer October 4, 2012 at 10:37 PM

again ???

12 Starfish October 4, 2012 at 11:56 PM

@uknown silencer
Were their previous cases known in concord?

13 Val October 5, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Remember to report standing water and neglected pools. Also, dead birds and squirrels should be reported. Here are some phone numbers:

Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District – 925-771-6196
Report dead birds and squirrels – 1-877-968-2473

14 CLAYCORD.com October 5, 2012 at 11:31 AM

@The Real McCoy,

Don’t post that junk on my site.

Mayor

15 Antler October 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

In this area, there is a type of mosquito that breeds in the debris caught in forks of tree trunks and under fallen leaves you are using for mulch, especially if a sprinkler system keeps wetting that area.

Our new next door neighbor is with the county mosquito abatement for the Delta area……will ask him please to post some facts and suggestions on here.

16 The Real McCoy October 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Ok, so we can blame everything on illegals EXCEPT West Nile. Got it, Mayor.

17 Keea13 October 5, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Does anyone know what vector control puts in the water to kill the larva? Is it harmful for other animals? Saw Vector by the creek this morning and also a fawn who likes to drink there.

18 clarkweneedyou October 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM

i was at pixieland in concord a few days ago, walking around the pond with my kids and there are so many icky puddles of stagnant water along the pathways… maybe the city of concord needs to pay more attention to thier watering systems and the health hazards thier causing

19 justice October 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

the pesticides they put in the water target mosquito larve and do not harm other animals

20 Keea13 October 5, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Thank you justice!

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