Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week April 24-30
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2011
MOSQUITO AND WEST NILE VIRUS AWARENESS WEEK IS APRIL 24-30
ELK GROVE, Calif. April 22, 2011— Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand! The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces Mosquito Awareness Week April 24-30. This week kicks off mosquito and West Nile virus season as well as the District’s public information and education campaign to keep residents aware about the health risks associated with mosquitoes. “Mosquito Awareness Week is an excellent opportunity for our District to provide information to our communities about how they can protect themselves from mosquitoes and West Nile virus,” said District Manager David Brown. “With elevated rivers from recent winter storms, high snow pack levels, and reservoirs at their capacity, we are anticipating a very busy mosquito season,” said Brown.
The area saw its first signs of West Nile virus last month after a bird tested positive in Elk Grove. Dead birds provide an early indication of where positive mosquito samples may also be found and where human cases may develop later in the season. Since the arrival of West Nile virus to California in 2003, a total of 101 people have died from the disease.
Events for Mosquito and West Nile virus Awareness Week April 24-30
Monday, April 25 —Official kick off of the Districts public information and education campaign
Tuesday, April 26 — Annual Repellent Distribution to local homeless shelters (Loaves & Fishes in Sacramento and United Christian Center in West Sacramento)
Wednesday April 27 —Announcement of the annual Fight the Bite contest winners and awarding of prizes at two local schools
Saturday, April 30—Participation in the Winters Youth Day celebration and Kids Day in Rancho Cordova
** For photo opportunities and interviews, please contact Luz Rodriguez at (916) 405-2082. For additional details, look for news advisories the day of the events.
Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337
To report any mosquito breeding problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
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.