Aug. 21, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division (Health Division) received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that a wild bird tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).
According to Randy Smith, supervisor of the division’s mosquito control program, “This bird was collected from the city of Ojai on Aug. 11, 2015, and is the sixth wild bird to test positive for WNV in Ventura County this year. WNV is established in Ventura County and we expect additional positive birds.”
The Health Division monitors and controls mosquito breeding sources throughout Ventura County. All mosquito sources near where positive birds are collected are inspected, and if necessary, are treated to prevent mosquito breeding.