West Nile Hits Orange County, 13 Birds Test Positive

May 21, 2008

Authorities have come out and confirmed that 13 birds have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Orange County, making the start of what could be a rough season...Los Angeles (ChattahBox) – Authorities have come out and confirmed that 13 birds have tested positive for the West Nile virus in Orange County, making the start of what could be a rough season.

The Orange County Vector Control stated this could be a bad sign of things to come with the West Nile virus season picking up steam.

The majority of the 13 birds collected who tested positive for West Nile were said to be crows.

Robert Cummings of the Orange County Vector Control stated “Thirteen birds in such a short time frame is reminiscent of 2004 conditions.”

2004 was a bad year for West Nile with nearly 2,500 people infected, and 88 dead.

This could spell bad news for Orange County, who has yet to record a human case of West Nile this year as of yet.

The West Nile virus can infect humans and animals via mosquito bites.


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