West Nile Fact Sheet

West Nile virus is now found throughout California. Birds, such as crows, ravens, and jays get very sick and can die from West Nile virus. Dead birds are a sign that West Nile virus could be in your area. You cannot get West Nile virus from touching a dead bird – an infected mosquito must bite you.

If you find a dead bird on your property, please contact the City of Victorville’s Animal Care and Control division at (760) 955-5089 to arrange for pickup. If it is a viable specimen it will be tested.

How can I keep my home safe?
Get rid of any standing water around your home. Mosquitoes lay their eggs and grow in standing water. It only takes 7 days for a mosquito egg to hatch and become an adult mosquito. Empty water out of buckets, old tires, flower pots and toys. Change water every few days from pet bowls and bird baths. Keep good screens on your windows and doors, these will keep mosquitoes out.

What can you do to protect yourself?
Avoid mosquito bites! Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and early evening hours. They are most active two hours after the sun sets. If you go out at these times wear long pants and long sleeved shirts. Also, use insect repellent on your skin that is not covered by clothes. The DEET in the insect repellent keeps mosquitoes from biting you. Follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully.

What are the symptoms of West Nile Virus in people?
Most people who are infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms whatsoever and don’t ever get sick from it. However, some do and those symptoms can include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, mild skin rash, or swollen lymph nodes. If you have any reason to believe you might have been infected, contact your medical provider immediately.

If you need additional Information or have further questions, please contact our Animal Control Department at (760) 955-5089.

Read more about West Nile virus prevention at: www.westnile.ca.gov

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