Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

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Source: Mosquito & Vector Management District of Santa Barbara County

A sample of mosquitoes collected from a mosquito trap in Santa Barbara has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV), according to the Mosquito & Vector Management District of Santa Barbara County. The mosquitoes were trapped as part of ongoing surveillance for the recently discovered invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes that were discovered earlier this month.

“This is not the first time West Nile virus has been found in Santa Barbara County,” says District General Manager Brian Cabrera, “but it has been three years since it was last detected.” 

Humans can get WNV from the bite of an infected mosquito. However, most people who acquire the virus don’t know they are infected and don’t develop any symptoms. But about 1 in 5 people who are infected develop symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache and nausea. In about 1% of people who get WNV, infection can lead to serious complications including encephalitis or meningitis, coma and even death.

Residents are urged to take action to “Fight the Bite” which includes the “Three Ds”:

Deet – use Deet or other repellents approved by the Environmental Protection Agency;
Dawn and Dusk – avoid being outside at these times when the mosquitoes are most active;
Drain – empty all sources of stagnant water that mosquitoes will lay their eggs in including buckets, bird baths, clogged rain gutters, old tires, containers of all kinds, unused hot tubs, etc.   

Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants can also provide protection from mosquitoes. Larger sources where mosquitoes are breeding, such as neglected swimming pools or stagnant water in creek beds and washes, for example, can be reported to the District at (805) 969-5050.

Wild birds are the main source of the virus for mosquitoes. Crows, ravens, jays and magpies, are especially susceptible to the virus and often get sick and die after they are infected. Residents are urged to report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health’s “Dead Bird Hotline”. If the dead birds are still in good condition, the District will pick them up and have them tested for WNV. Reports can be filed online at http://westnile.ca.gov/report.php or by calling 1-877-968-2473 (1-877-WNV-BIRD). Horses are also susceptible to the virus but, fortunately, a vaccine is available. 

The California Department of Public Health has a West Nile Virus website with lots of valuable information as well as an “Insect Repellent Toolkit” website with information on how you can protect you and your family from mosquito bites. These sites can be found at:
 
http://westnile.ca.gov/
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Dont-Give-Bugs-a-Biting-Chance.aspx

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OpossumBoy Oct 28, 2020 11:49 AM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

It’s interesting that mosquitos never bite me - never have. I’ve been out walking with people that just get bitten to death, and I never get a bite. However, I’m a giant tick magnet. I was once following a critter trail in the hills and found around 20 or so on my lower legs when I got home. Freaked me out!

PitMix Oct 28, 2020 07:25 AM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Some number of people appear to be sensitive to DEET, and NY banned products containing more than 30% of it from sale in the 90s. But it appears to be pretty safe for most people.
lmtribune.com/new-york-first-to-ban-repellents-that-use-deet/article_6187e375-82a1-5319-99ca-f849028ddcd4.html

PitMix Oct 28, 2020 03:35 PM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

If you don't like China's government, pick Japan, or South Korea, or Singapore, or Malaysia, or Australia, or New Zealand...... Plenty of less repressive governments in the area did a better job than us in responding to the pandemic.

dukemunson Oct 28, 2020 02:33 PM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Anything even remotely approaching the true China number will never be known. But for sake of argument, let’s use it. China has the capacity, ability and willingness to rescind any/all freedoms. I would have thought virtually everyone on here recognized (and realized) the sheer terror of that! Obviously not! Using your logic North Korea did a much better job than us too. Yes, We screwed up and made a lot of mistakes... but thank god we didn’t surrender all our power and Freedom to an authoritarian leader to do with as they saw fit. You are using the argument that the “ends justify the means”... and as such China or North Korea might be a better spot for you..

a-1603919071 Oct 28, 2020 02:04 PM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

It's true that you prefer judging based on bias and opinion, rather than facts, but the facts are:

China: 91,224 cases, 4,739 deaths in a population of 1,393 million
USA: 8,836,861 cases, 227,409 deaths in a population of 328.2 million

Any rational analysis of those numbers leads to the conclusion that they did a much better job than we did.

PitMix Oct 28, 2020 12:57 PM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

VOR, you mean lackluster shutdown policies that didn't accomplish what they were supposed to. China and other asian nations taught the world what you can accomplish with real shutdown policies and a robust contact tracing system. But Trump and his supporters wanted to be number 1 in the world in something, so they chose total Covid deaths.

Voice of Reason Oct 28, 2020 11:20 AM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

The Obama Administration had nothing to do with Zika going away. Zika was self-limiting, as immunity became widespread after the initial outbreak, and the disease has subsided. It is now considered endemic in Latin America, although new cases are still being reported, and the virus is believed to be circulating at low levels. Covid will follow the same path, unfortunately with much more death and destruction in its wake, both as a result of the virus itself and the consequences of our shutdown policies.

PitMix Oct 28, 2020 03:33 PM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

420, No one in the US is wearing a mask if they don't want to. Have heard of very few people cited for this. Most essential businesses have been open the whole time. Churches regularly flout the gathering rules. We've only tried to limit business models that required close personal contact. The government should have helped these businesses more than they did but unfortunately the Senate refused to do the business of the people. Hopefully that will change next week.

420722 Oct 28, 2020 03:11 PM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

I’ll say it again. A 226 day lockdown and forced muzzle is NOT reasonable. I would rather be happy Mr. magoo over spending every waking moment trying to hide from and freaking out about a cold and now apparently Zika again. Don’t forget to wear your mosquito mesh hat over your mask.

chico berkeley Oct 27, 2020 12:59 PM
Mosquitoes in Santa Barbara Test Positive for West Nile Virus

With a death rate of 1% you'd think it would have more of an impact with public health.
I guess I will be diligent making sure we have no standing water.
Now,my neighbor with a fallow pool could care less about mossies,stray cats, racoons, skunks, crappy eurasian collard doves...........

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