Risk of West Nile Virus is High for South Sacramento County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 10, 2011

RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS IS HIGH FOR SOUTH SACRAMENTO COUNTY

–Wilton and Elk Grove Continue to be Hot Spots

Elk Grove, Calif.— Risk of West Nile virus continues to be high in South Sacramento county especially in the areas of Wilton and Elk Grove. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed today that 34 new mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus. “We continue to see an increase in virus activity in these areas and the risk of human transmission is high,” said David Brown, District Manager. “Residents need to be aware and do everything they can to ensure they are not being bitten by mosquitoes because anyone can become infected.” added Brown. Though no local human WNV cases have been reported in our area, in recent days 10 human cases have been registered throughout the state, mainly in the central valley.

As a response to the recent findings and heightened activity, District staff will inspect the area for mosquito breeding sources, continue with extensive trapping and surveillance as well as ground based truck mounted fogging in the areas of most activity to reduce the adult mosquito populations.

The District continues to urge residents to inspect their homes for any stagnant water and asks for public cooperation in identifying potential mosquito breeding sources.

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

 

2011  West Nile virus activity update:

Level  2–Sacramento County: 26 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 83 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

Yolo County: No activity has been registered to date.

Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337

E-mail: lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

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