West Nile virus was found in a dead crow in south Sacramento, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.
Vector Control says this is the first instance of West Nile in the area this year.
“Finding the first positive bird is always significant because it provides an early warning sign for the disease,” Vector Control District Manager Gary Goodman wrote in a news release. “It confirms that the virus is present, provides a good indication of where we may find positive mosquito samples and where human cases may develop later in the season.”
People are asked to report dead birds they see, particularly crows, jaws and magpies. To report a dead bird, call (877) 968-2473 or visit westnile.ca.gov.