Dead hawk tests positive for West Nile Virus in Spring Valley

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – County officials are urging residents in Spring Valley to take precautions against mosquitoes after a dead hawk tested positive for West Nile Virus.

San Diego County officials said it was the first such finding this year.

“Everyone should remember to eliminate standing water inside andoutside homes where mosquitoes could breed, wear clothing that covers arms andlegs or use repellent if you’re outside dusk to dawn — and report dead birdsand mosquito breeding areas,” said Elizabeth Pozzebon, the county’s DEHdirector.

According to the DEH, last year 11 area residents were diagnosed with WNV, far more thanusual, and two died.

People over 50 years-old or those with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk for WNV.

People should report swimming pools in vacated homes that haveturned green, and dead birds that didn’t obviously die from another cause, to(858) 694-2888 or vector@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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