CA Dept. of Public Health Issues Warning About Increase in West Nile Virus

Rebekah Sager
June 26, 2019 - 2:41 pm

The California Department of Public Health announced Wednesday an increase in West Nile Virus activity in California. 

“West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so it is important to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said State Public Health Officer and CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith.

CDPH is urging people to protect themselves from mosquito bites by practicing what they call the "Three Ds."

1. (DEET) Use an EPA-approved repellent. Visit their website for the insect repellent toolkit

2. (DUSK & DAWN) Wear protective clothing and repellent during Dusk and Dawn. 

3. (DRAIN) Eliminate standing water -- emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets and other containers. 

California’s West Nile virus website includes the latest information on WNV activity in the state. Californians are encouraged to report dead birds on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).