California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in four counties hit hardest by West Nile Virus.
The number of people infected this year with West Nile Virus has been three times higher than the same time last year, Schwarzenegger said in a statement.
The state of emergency, applied to Kern, Colusa and San Joaquin counties, was intended to prevent the spread of this mosquito-borne disease, said the governor.
This year there have been four deaths in California due to West Nile Virus (two in Kern County, one in San Joaquin County and one in Colusa County).
"Today I'm taking action to help the counties hit hardest by West Nile Virus," Schwarzenegger said. "My proclamation makes financial assistance available to the local vector control districts and directs state agencies to take proactive measures to protect Californians from further spread of this deadly virus. I will continue to ensure our local agencies have whatever resources they need to fight the spread of this disease."
The recent upturn in foreclosures this year has increased the number of vacant homes this summer with unattended and untreated pools, which has exacerbated the spread of West Nile Virus, said the governor.
Since taking office, Governor Schwarzenegger has invested more than 15 million U.S. dollars to fight the West Nile Virus.
California has one of the most comprehensive West Nile Virus surveillance and control systems in the United States.
The state deploys surveillance and detection technology to track specific areas of West Nile Virus activity and alert local agencies so they can target their mosquito control activities.
Despite those efforts to eradicate West Nile Virus, the virus remains a threat, and further efforts to control the spread of the virus and to reduce and minimize the risk of infection are needed, said the governor.
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