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Bird Suspected Of Carrying The West Nile Virus Confirmed

San Andreas, CA — The first case of the West Nile Virus in Calaveras County has been detected in a dead bird in San Andreas.

The European Starling was tested by the California Health Service, which confirmed the bird was carrying the disease on Wednesday.

The county Health Department says the virus can be transferred to humans by mosquitoes. The first human case of the West Nile Virus hit relatively close to the Mother Lode earlier this week in Tulare County.

The state Department of Health Services announced the infection Wednesday. The virus has already been detected in 34 of California´s 58 counties in birds, mosquitoes, chickens and horses.