West Nile Virus Activity Increases in Sacramento County as More Dead Birds and Mosquito Samples Test Positive
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2012
WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY INCREASES IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY AS MORE
DEAD BIRDS AND MOSQUITO SAMPLES TEST POSITIVE
Wet weather will increase stagnant water and mosquito sources
Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito &Vector Control District announced
today that further evidence of West Nilevirus activity has been detected throughout
Sacramento County as 32 new mosquito samples and 4 birds have tested
positive for the disease. The birds and mosquito samples have been collected from
different areas in SacramentoCounty but especially focused in communities near Gerber
and Calvine Rd. “We’re very concerned about the level of intense activity we’re seeing
this season” said David Brown, District Manager. “While it’s not uncommon to find
widespread areas with dead birds and mosquito samples in August, finding virus activity
in June is certainly earlier than anything we’ve seen in recent years and we urge
residents to take these early indications seriously” he added. West Nile virus activity was
also detected last week in the city of Davis in Yolo County as dead birds and mosquito
samples also tested positive.
The increased activity comes as the region is getting a late rain storm which will create
even more aquatic sites capable of producing mosquitoes. “The excess water will
increase mosquito habitats. Now more than ever we need everyone to do their part and
drain mosquito breeding sources in their back yard” said Brown. “As the warming trend
continues for the remainder of the week, the virus will likely amplify and the risk of human
transmission will increase” said Brown.
In response to the recent findings, the District has started ground fogging around areas
where positive mosquitoes and birds have been found.
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.
2012 West Nilevirus activity update:
Level 2–Sacramento County: 23 dead birds and 42 mosquito samples have tested
positive for West Nile virus to date.
Level 2–Yolo County: 2 dead birds and 2 mosquito samples has tested positive for
West Nile virus to date
Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337