WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY IS BACK IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY

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June 22, 2009

WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY IS BACK IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY
–Mosquito Sample in South Sacramento Tests Positive
Elk Grove, Calif.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District (District)
received confirmation today that a mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile
virus (WNV). This mosquito sample is the first one to test positive this year and was
collected in the Elder Creek area in South Sacramento County. “Finding the first sample
of infected mosquitoes is significant because it is a clear indication that the virus is active
and present in our area and that anyone can become infected.” said David Brown,
District Manager. “Residents need to be aware and take proactive measures to protect
themselves this summer.” said Brown. As temperatures rise and days get longer,
mosquitoes will continue to be a problem and it very important that the public drain any
sources of standing water around their home, dress in long sleeves and pants and
protect themselves with an effective repellent especially at dawn and dusk when
mosquitoes are most active.
As a response to the detection of WNV, the District will increase its mosquito trapping
and surveillance in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding. Ground
spraying may also be conducted to rapidly decrease the numbers of adult mosquitoes.
The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District provides year round mosquito and
vector control services. The main goal for the District is to keep the public healthy by preventing
the transmission of diseases and improving the quality of life for residents.

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337
E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net