Solano County

Birds infected with West Nile virus found at Solano College

By From page A5 | June 27, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Solano Community College announced Thursday that an injured crow and a dead crow found on campus near the Fairfield  campus child care center on Wednesday have tested positive for West Nile virus.

“The news of the birds carrying the West Nile virus did not come as a complete surprise,” college Superintendent-President Jowel Laguerre said in a press release. “I read that a nearby town had a similar case last week. Thankfully, we are able to bring the news to light so that our students, faculty and staff are made aware and can protect themselves more cautiously.”

Mosquitoes spread West Nile virus and infected birds can serve as a warning that infected mosquitoes are present. People can reduce the risk of infection by wearing protective clothing and using insect repellant.

Eighty percent of people who get infected with West Nile virus have no symptoms. Twenty percent develop a fever, headache, body aches and other symptoms that usually last for a few days. Less than 1 percent develop a severe illness, perhaps resulting in permanent neurological effects and even death, according to the state.

California reports there have been 276 birds infected with West Nile virus found in the state this year, led by Santa Clara with 168. Solano County had six known cases of infected birds through Wednesday. The state reports one human case, in Contra Costa County.

Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • JimboJune 27, 2014 - 9:07 am

    WHEN is Solano, Fairfield and Vacaville going to stop ignoring their crow problem? Other municipalities have active crow abatement. Here they want to act like the crow problem does not exist. It probably will take a lawsuit by homeowners to force the city to do their job and pull their heads from the sand. Japan tried that same approach and now are suffering because of it. The crows there have grown so large in number to where they have no fear and frequently disrupt outdoor events if any food is around. Even stealing it from hands and plates of full tables of people. Utah just started allowing culling them. Pretty bad when your home area is behind Utah.

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  • B JJune 27, 2014 - 1:10 pm

    JImbo you think the crow are big here in solano? Try living by Mojave desert their crows are like vouchers? Specifically by Edwards A.F.B. by palmdale/Lancaster area like they go a dose of radiation or something They are HUGE compared to solano crows.

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