Marin County

Dead American Crow Infected with West Nile Virus Discovered in Novato

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Paul Parks

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Friday it has discovered the first sign of West Nile Virus in Marin County this year when an American Crow was foud dead in Novato.

"Dead birds can be our first indicators of virus in an area and a valuable tool for protecting public health," according to Sarah Brooks, lead Biologist for the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Vector control technicians will continue to trap, test and monitor adult mosquitos in the area and perform control operations as necessary, according to district officials. The dead bird was found along Dusel Court.

Residents are advised to help reduce mosquito production by removing standing water in their yards on a regular basis.

To report dead birds, residents can call the West Nile Virus hotline at (877) 968-2473.

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