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Butte County has identified its first case of the West Nile Virus this year.
The Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District said a robin in the area of Northeast Chico tested positive with the virus.
West Nile has been detected in Butte County every year since its arrival in 2004.
The district is now urging residents to do their part: drain any standing water, report suspected mosquito-breeding sites and protect yourself.
District assistant manager Doug Weseman says the district does not want to have a repeat of last year.
“Last year was one of our worst years ever, we had 55 human cases in the district and we don't want to see that happen again, we want those numbers to go down, so we're encouraging people to wear their mosquito repellant,” he said.
Since 2004, 208 residents have been infected by the virus eight of whom lost their lives.
West Nile is prevalent from May through October.