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West Nile virus case confirmed in Stockton

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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:16 am, Thu Jul 21, 2011.

A western scrub jay found in Stockton zip code 95204 has tested positive for the potentially deadly West Nile virus, according to the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District.

A mosquito sample tested positive in the same zip code, which covers the Alpine Avenue-Harding Way area on both sides of Interstate 5. University of the Pacific is within the zip code.

“West Nile virus is here to stay and is expected to amplify or spread each year as temperatures rise,” mosquito district spokesman Aaron Devencenzi said in a news release. “The recent finds of West Nile spreading to urban areas are a reminder that residents should make a habit of taking precautions against mosquito bites.”

Ground spraying for adult mosquito control is scheduled between 3:30 and 6 a.m. Friday or Saturday in the area between the Calaveras River and Harding Way, and from Pacific Avenue to Pershing Avenue.

In Sacramento County, 15 birds and 10 mosquito samples tested positive in Elk Grove, Wilton, Sacramento and Citrus Heights.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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