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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Sentinel chicken in Rialto tests positive for West Nile Virus

westnilevirusThe Division of Environmental Health Service’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program has sentinel chicken flocks placed in various locations throughout San Bernardino County to detect West Nile Virus which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. A chicken from a sentinel flock in Rialto was reported to have tested positive for West Nile Virus. This means it is more likely that the mosquito population in the area is infected, increasing the possible risk of the public being infected. Chickens are not harmed by the virus. This is the first chicken that tested positive for West Nile Virus in 2014 within the area served by the Division’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program. The County is taking steps to eliminate mosquito breeding hazards.

West Nile Virus symptoms can include fever, body aches, skin rash, and fatigue, and in some individuals can develop into a more serious form of the disease. If you have been bitten by mosquitoes and are experiencing these symptoms, contact your medical care provider.

Residents should not be concerned but can protect themselves from West Nile Virus by following these tips:

  • Drain or Dump – Remove all standing water around your property where mosquitos can lay eggs such as birdbaths, green swimming pools, ponds, old tires, buckets, flower pots, clogged gutters, or even puddles from leaky sprinklers.
  • Dawn and Dusk – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitos are most active.
  • Dress – Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored.
  • DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Doors – Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitos from entering your home.

Dead birds are another sign that West Nile Virus is present in the area. If you see a dead bird, submit an online dead bird report at http://www.westnile.ca.gov.

To learn more about West Nile Virus, visit http://www.cdc.gov/westnile. For more information or to report a green pool or mosquito breeding source, contact the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health Division of Environmental Health Services at (800) 442-2283 or visit our website at http://www.sbcounty.gov/dph/dehs.

Don’t forget to register for Summer Day Camp at the Museum

sbcmuseum entryThere are still a few openings left for Summer Day Camp at the County Museum but you need to sign up fast if you are interested!

Registrations are being accepted for a week-long San Bernardino County Museum Summer Day Camp session that starts on Monday, July 7 and runs through Friday, July 11 at the museum in Redlands. Camp starts at 8:30 a.m. and lasts to 2:30 p.m. Campers must be at least 7 years old and have finished first grade. The fee is $155 per child ($135 per child for members of the Museum Association). Summer Day Camp registration forms are available at the museum’s front desk, on line at www.sbcounty.gov/museum, or can be requested by calling (909) 307-2669.

“The theme of this Summer Day Camp session is Investigating Animals,” said Jolene Redvale, the museum’s curator of education. “From the microscopic to the gigantic, furred, feathered and fabulous, kids love animals. We’ll collect, observe, and study animals and their behavior. Campers will pose scientific questions and conduct research to find answers. They will make and use science field notebooks to help focus observations and collect data, and take home to use as they continue animal studies on their own. And of course, they will pet, cuddle and romp with Exploration Station residents. All animals—all week long!”

During a family party from 1:30 to 2:30 on the last day of Day Camp, campers will become interpretive guides, sharing what they learned with family and friends in the Exploration Station Live Animal Gallery.

Space is limited and early registration is encouraged. All materials and activities are included in the fees; campers bring their own sack lunch and snack. Some camp activities are sponsored in part by Loma Linda University and the National Science Foundation. A limited number of scholarships are available by application; contact the museum’s education division for information.

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