SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - The California Department of Public Health has confirmed that a wild bird collected last week from Simi Valley has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The bird is the first to test positive for the virus in Ventura County in 2017.
The Ventura County Environmental Health Division monitors and controls mosquito breeding sources throughout the county. Any mosquito breeding sources where the bird was collected will be inspected and treated if evidence of mosquito breeding is found.
The public is advised to take the following precautions to minimize exposure to West Nile:
- Eliminate standing water from your property.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens without holes.
- When outdoors wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and limit activity especially at dawn and dusk.
- When outdoors apply insect repellent.
West Nile Virus can affect humans and also horses. Owners of horses should contact their veterinarian for more information.
To report any potential mosquito breeding sources in Ventura County the public can call the mosquito complaint hotline at (805) 658-4310.
The Ventura County Environmental Health Division also provides mosquito eating fish to the public to use in non-maintained swimming pools, ornamental ponds and similar water features. To request mosquito-eating fish call (805) 662-6582.
To report wild birds that have died recently, call the California Department of Public Health at (877) 968-2473.