Shasta County has its first Human case of West Nile Virus this year. No information is available about the patient, only that it’s an adult who’s recovering at home. About 80 percent of the time infected people experience no symptoms at all, but for one if five cases it can be a potentially deadly attack on the central nervous system. It’s most serious in older people or those with chronic medical conditions. It’s carried most commonly in birds such as Crows, Jays, and Magpies. Humans get infected by Mosquitos that have bitten infected birds. West Nile cannot be transmitted between Humans. It’s fatal for about 1 in 3 infected Horses,the only species for which there is a vaccine. Infected Sentinal Chickens and other birds have been found in all areas of Shasta County. The best way to fight West Nile is by eliminating standing water where Mosquitos breed. Significant Mosquito problems can be reported at shastamosquito.org . Dead birds should be reported to 1-877-wnv-bird or westnile.ca.gov .