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2nd West Nile bird confirmed positive

Gregory Crofton

A dead bird found in the Meadow Lake subdivision off Pioneer Trail has tested positive for West Nile virus, said Virginia Huber, Tahoe division chief of the El Dorado County Department of Environmental Management.

It is the second bird at South Shore in the last two weeks that has tested positive for the virus, which causes flu-like symptoms in 20 percent of the people who contract it and death in about 1 percent. The first bird was found dead off Kingsbury Grade two weeks ago.

“We have several other birds at the state lab with results still pending,” Huber said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site on Thursday reported that 69 human cases of West Nile virus had been reported in California resulting in two deaths. Two cases were reported in Nevada, where no deaths have been attributed to the virus.

For the latest information about the presence of the virus in El Dorado County, call (530) 573-3405.