What is the state doing to control the spread of WNV?

California has a long history of conducting surveillance for mosquito-borne viruses and has taken active steps to ensure early detection of WNV. Due to ongoing collaboration with over 70 local mosquito and vector control agencies and state public agencies, California is well prepared to detect and monitor WNV. These agencies use a variety of scientific techniques and products to control mosquitoes in their earliest stages and play a key role in reducing the risk of WNV. Also, California has launched a statewide public education effort concerning personal protection measures, mosquito source reduction and reporting dead birds. For more information please call 530-265-1222.

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1. What is West Nile virus?
2. When was West Nile Virus first found in the United States?
3. Has West Nile Virus been detected in California?
4. How does someone get West Nile Virus?
5. What are the symptoms and treatment?
6. How can people protect themselves?
7. What is the state doing to control the spread of WNV?
8. Why is the public urged to report dead birds?