October 2016 District Report

In this month’s District Report: wildlife feeding, tick-borne disease surveillance results, and more.

Click here to read the October 2016 District Report.


West Nile Virus Dead Bird Hotline

The West Nile Virus Dead Bird Hotline, operated by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), will not be answered by live operators after October 14, 2016 until next spring.  However, residents can still call the phone number 1-877-WNV-BIRD and leave a message or fill out an online form at westnile.ca.gov to report dead birds.  During the winter season, the District will continue to collect and test suitable birds of the following groups:  corvids, finches, sparrows, owls, and hawks.


Checking for and Treating Headlice

Laboratory Director Dr. Nayer Zahiri describes how to check for and treat headlice.

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If You Care, Don’t Share!
10 Reasons You Shouldn't Feed Wild and Stray Animals

a raccoon sits upright and begs

1. Wild animals don’t need your help.
Wild animals may show up looking for a handout, but they don’t really need help from humans to find food. Their natural diet is healthiest for them, and ‘human food’ can even make them sick.

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Screwworms: A Horror for Livestock

The Florida Keys, which had dengue outbreaks in 2009 and 2010 and recent cases of Zika virus, currently has a non-mosquito insect pest causing problems.  Detected in the lower Keys, screwworms have been locally acquired in the United States for the first time in over thirty yearsCochliomyia flies deposit maggots called “screwworms” on animals and those larvae can enter a body through an open wound and cause a potentially fatal infestation.  While the va


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