Six dead birds in East County have tested positive for the West Nile virus, said the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District.
Two birds were found in Pittsburg, and one bird each was found in Antioch, Brentwood, Concord and Oakley. Five of the birds were American crows and one was a Western scrub-jay.
Birds can carry the West Nile virus. Infection can be passed to people when a mosquito bites an infected bird and then a person.
To help reduce the risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases residents are urged to dump or drain standing waste, use an insect repellent containing DEET, Picardin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, and avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically at dawn and dusk.
For more information, contact the district at 925-771-6195 or www.contracostamosquito.com.
To report a dead bird, contact the state hotline at 1-877-968-2473 or www.westnile.ca.gov
Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.