Tony Linegar, Mendocino County Assistant Agricultural Commissioner, Member of County West Nile Virus Prevention Committee -
Special Presentation on West Nile Virus.
provided handouts on the virus to those present.
stated to date there were 550 human cases in California.
Of those with symptoms, 181 developed West Nile fever.
clarified that contrary to popular opinion, the flu-like symptoms were severe, and so far there have been 15 deaths.
then took various questions from the audience.
stated that the two reservoirs are probably not big mosquito sources due to mosquito predators such as dragonflies.
described a "mosquito donut" made of sawdust impregnated with BT which can be purchased at the farm supplies to help alleviate mosquitoes.
said BT should not affect birds or mammals and can be sprayed on vegetables.
Mosquito season lasts until first frost.
advised that it was not necessary to report dead birds because once a positive test has been found on a bird within a zip code, no more need to be tested.
President Orth thanked Mr. Linegar for presenting this information to the community.