Risk of West Nile Virus Continues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 3, 2010

RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS CONTINUES

–Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes this Labor Day Weekend

Elk Grove, Calif.— Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer, however with the warm temperatures of recent days, this doesn’t mean it’s the end of mosquito season! This weekend many will be enjoying family barbeques, pool parties and fun outdoor activities, however the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito &Vector Control District reminds residents of the threat for contracting West Nile virus and the need to stay protected. “We’re still seeing high numbers of infected mosquito samples throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties” said David Brown, District Manager. “This means that that the risk of becoming infected is still real and we can’t let our guard down. We all have to protect ourselves with an effective repellent when we’re outdoors”, said Brown.

Though this has been an unseasonably cool summer, there has been constant virus activity, especially in Sacramento County. “We’ve seen many infected birds and mosquito samples this year” said Brown “We still have a few weeks before the summer season officially ends and with the abundance of mosquitoes we’re still seeing, it’s very important that everyone be proactive and stay protected, especially as we head into the holiday weekend.” To date, there are 5 human West Nile virus cases in Sacramento County and 34 throughout the state mainly in Central and Southern California. In 2009, 4 deaths and 112 human cases were reported.

For current information about any treatments planned, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code.

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

2010 West Nile virus activity update:

Level 5–Sacramento County: 5 humans, 96 dead birds, 171 mosquito samples, 2 horses, 3 sentinel chickens, have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

Level 2–Yolo County: 8 dead birds, 0 sentinel chicken, 4 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date

Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention:

DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.

DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside.

DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.  Make sure to follow label directions!

DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.

DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net