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Dead bird tests positive for West Nile virus


Last updated 3/9/2007 at Noon

County Vector Control officials confirmed a dead bird found in Vista has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first bird of the year in San Diego County.

“Mosquito prevention remains the key to preventing West Nile virus,” said Gary Erbeck, director of the Department of Environmental Health. “By controlling mosquitoes now, we can reduce their populations in the spring and summer.”

The recent rains have provided mosquitoes with many breeding locations. Residents should check backyard breeding sources – such as children’s toys, old spare tires and wheelbarrows –...

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