West Nile Virus Activity Intensifies in South Sacramento County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 19, 2011

WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY INTENSIFIES IN SOUTH SACRAMENTO COUNTY

--Aerial Spraying to Control Mosquitoes May be Necessary Next Week

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor the Wilton and Elk Grove areas of South Sacramento and announced today that 34 new mosquito samples and  4 dead birds have tested positive. “We continue to see extremely high levels of West Nile Virus activity in both of these areas and the risk of transmission is very real”, said David Brown. “We are evaluating our response and are strongly considering aerial treatments in addition to the on going ground treatments to reduce the populations of adult infected mosquitoes by early next week” said Brown. As a response to these new positive mosquito samples and dead birds, the District is planning additional surveillance over the weekend and will receive test results on Monday.  If a decision is made to proceed with aerial treatments, media will be notified immediately so information can promptly be disseminated to the public.

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

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. To sign up go to Spray Notifications.

2011  West Nile virus activity update:

Level  2--Sacramento County: 40 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 129 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

Map of West Nile virus positive mosquito samples tested Friday, August 19th (click to enlarge):