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.
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