Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week is April 22-28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012

BZZZZ…..FIGHT THE BITE!
MOSQUITO AND WEST NILE VIRUS AWARENESS WEEK IS APRIL 22-28

ELK GROVE, Calif. April 20, 2012— Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand! The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces Mosquito Awareness Week April 22-28. This week kicks off mosquito andWest 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 communities to learn how they can protect themselves from mosquitoes andWest Nile virus,” said District ManagerDavid Brown.  “With recent rain storms and the extremely warm weather we are having, we are anticipating a very busy mosquito season. It is important for everyone to do what they can to not produce mosquitoes and to protect themselves when they are out” said Brown.

The area saw its first signs ofWest Nilevirus in February after a bird tested positive inSacramentoCounty. 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 ofWest Nilevirus toCaliforniain 2003, more than 3,000 people have gotten WNV and 110 have died from the disease.

WHO:            The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District

WHAT:          Events for Mosquito and West Nile virus Awareness Week April 22-28

WHEN:          Monday, April 23 — Announcement of the annual Fight the Bite calendar contest winners and awarding of prizes at local schools.

Official kick off of the Districts public information and education campaign                

Tuesday, April 24 — Annual Repellent Distribution to local homeless shelters         

Thursday, April 26 —Booth set up at Kids Day event at the Mexican consulate

Saturday, April 28—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.  

 

The District provides year round mosquito and vector control services. Our main goal is to keep the public healthy by preventing the transmission of mosquito transmitted diseases and improving the quality of life for our residents.

            Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net