By CBS13 Staff

GALT (CBS13) — Vector control officials say the first dead birds of the season with West Nile virus have been confirmed in the Sacramento region.

On Wednesday, Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District officials announced that three nesting Scrub Jays that were found dead in the Galt area tested positive for West Nile.

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Crows, jays and magpies are particularly susceptible to the virus, officials say.

Officials say the case is a good reminder for people that the virus is present.

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“Finding the first indication of West Nile activity is always significant because it provides an early warning,” said Gary Goodman, vector control’s district manager.

Neighboring San Joaquin County also reported a positive West Nile virus bird a little over a week ago.

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People who come across dead birds are urged to not touch them and instead contact the California Department of Public Health Hotline at (877) 968-2473.