West Nile Virus Activity Increases as More Dead Birds and Mosquitoes Test Positive in Sacramento County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 20, 2011

WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY INCREASES AS MORE DEAD BIRDS AND MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito &Vector Control District announced that further evidence of West Nile virus activity has been detected in Sacramento County as two more mosquito samples and seven bird tested positive. Most of the mosquito samples and birds have been collected in south Sacramento County in the communities of Wilton and Elk Grove, but evidence of WNV activity has also been found in Sacramento and Citrus Heights. “The cooler weather we have had this year probably explains our relatively low numbers of infected mosquito samples and birds compared to previous years, but residents still need to be aware that West Nile virus is a threat,” said David Brown, District Manager. “Hot temperatures can quickly amplify the virus. We urge residents to take these early warning signs seriously and do everything they can to protect themselves from bites and ensure they are not breeding mosquitoes on their own property,” said Brown.

 

The increased West Nile virus activity comes at a time when many residents are enjoying outdoor activities in the evening, exactly the time when mosquitoes are most active. “Please be cautious and protect yourselves from bites by wearing a good insect repellent,” said Brown. The Center for Disease Control recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

 

In response to the recent findings, the District has increased its surveillance and started ground fogging around areas where positive mosquitoes and birds have been found. Ground fogging has already been conducted around Wilton and C-Bar-C Park in Citrus Heights.

 

For current information about any treatments planned, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code.  To sign up go to Spray Notifications on the website.

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

2011 West Nile virus activity update:

Level  2–Sacramento County: 15 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 10 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

Yolo County: No activity has been registered to date