West Nile Virus Activity Continues in Wilton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 25, 2011

WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY CONTINUES IN WILTON

–Ground Truck Fogging To Continue

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor the Wilton and Laguna Park areas in South Sacramento as 10 new mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus.  Over the last couple of weeks, virus activity has been centered in both of these areas with the finding of infected mosquito samples and dead birds. “West Nile virus infection rates continue to increase in these areas and we need to be proactive about reducing the adult mosquito populations so they will not be a public health threat,” said David Brown, District Manager. As a response to these recent findings, the District will conduct truck mounted fogging throughout Wilton and Laguna Park tonight and Tuesday evening, weather permitting. The technique utilized is referred to as ultra low volume spraying which occurs at dusk when mosquitoes are most active and rapidly decreases the number of adult mosquitoes and interrupts the virus transmission cycle.

 

Last week, the California Department of Public Health reported the first human case of West Nile virus. A man in Santa Barbara County was hospitalized and is now recovering at home. In 2010, a total of 6 deaths and 111 WNV human cases were reported in California. Horses are also susceptible to West Nile virus and last year 2 equine encephalitis cases were reported in Sacramento County. The District recommends horse owners vaccinate their horses regularly to prevent the disease.

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

The District will continue to monitor activity in the area through widespread mosquito trapping and testing.. Residents can subscribe to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net and go to Spray Notifications. Information for current treatments planned is also available on the District website.

2011  West Nile virus activity update:

Level  2–Sacramento County: 15 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 21 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

Level 2–Yolo County: No activity has been registered to date.