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Birds, horse test positive for West Nile



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Ventura County Environmental Health Division has confirmed four new cases of West Nile virus.

Environmental health reported this week it had received confirmation from the state Department of Health Services that three birds from the Ventura and Upper Ojai areas and a horse from the Somis area tested positive for the virus.

Since Since Jan. 1, 45 birds collected in Ventura County have tested positive for West Nile.

The virus is spread by mosquitoes, which get it by feasting on infected birds and then pass it on through bites to humans and other animals.

To date this year, there has been one human case of West Nile reported in the county.

In response to the latest findings, the county plans to check and treat breeding sources where the samples were collected.

To report potential mosquito breeding sources, the public can call the mosquito complaint hotline at 658-4310.

For more information, visit the Environmental Health Division's Web site at http:// www.ventura.org/envhealth.

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