In 2002, the state Department of Health said there were more than 4,100 human cases of the virus in the country, including 284 deaths.
"With exposure to mosquitoes comes risk of West Nile virus", said Dr. Vivien Suttorp, lead Medical Officer of Health, South Zone, in a news release Tuesday.
West Nile Virus is a potentially serious infection and can cause death.
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Even small amounts of water provide breeding sites for mosquitoes, which they must have, so people should empty water from any containers and change water in bird baths often. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
The virus has been detected in the state since 1999.
Some people who contract West Nile develop neurological syndrome, which can be deadly.
Check that door and window screens fit properly and don't have any holes. The 2018 larviciding program will continue throughout the summer season, along with the investigation of standing water complaints and the distribution of educational materials. For more information call the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District at 530-533-6038 or 530-342-7350.