2nd Positive Case Of West Nile Virus Confirmed In Shasta County

Shasta County has its second case of West Nile Virus for the season. The adult Redding resident was hospitalized August 27th and the virus was confirmed on the 31st. The first case was discovered a couple of weeks ago. This is after a record number of positive mosquito samples were found by Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District last month. West Nile is spread by mosquitoes after they bite an infected bird. Symptoms of the virus include high fever, severe headache, confusion or a stiff neck. Everyone should check their yards and eliminate standing water where mosquitos can breed. West Nile is especially deadly for horses, the only species for which a vaccine exists. Heavy mosquito problems can be reported to 365-3768 or shastamosquito.org. Dead crows, jays and magpies can be reported to westnile.ca.gov.