Widespread West Nile Virus Activity Continues as More Birds and Mosquitoes Test Positive

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 3, 2012

WIDESPREAD WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY CONTINUES AS MORE BIRDS AND MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE IN BOTH SACRAMENTO AND YOLO COUNTIES

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District announced that further evidence of West Nile virus activity has been detected in both Sacramento and Yolo counties as 41 mosquito samples, 43 dead birds and  2 chickens tested positive this week. “We continue to see increased widespread WNV activity throughout both of our counties” said David Brown, District Manger. “As we head into one of the hottest months of the year, the risk of contracting the disease is very real and we need everyone to protect themselves from being bitten” indicated Brown. New areas of WNV activity have been detected in the community of Isleton in South Sacramento County and new areas for Yolo County are Knights Landing and Dunnigan. Please check the District’s website to obtain up to date information about positive WNV locations.

To highlight the seriousness of continued virus activity the first fatality related to WNV was announced today. An 88-year-old woman from Kern County died of the disease. “This unfortunate death is an important reminder of the deadly consequences an infected mosquito can have. We urge you to protect you and your family by wearing an effective mosquito repellent when enjoying the outdoors” said Brown. To date in 2012, ten human cases of WNV from five California counties have been reported. Last year at this time, there were seven human cases and no deaths.  Nationwide, a total of 241 human cases have been reported.

In response to the recent findings and ongoing WNV activity, the District will continue monitoring and trapping in all areas. It will also conduct necessary ground fogging 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 Nile virus activity update:

 

Level  3–SacramentoCounty:  333 dead birds, 13 sentinel chickens, 320 mosquito samples have tested positive forWest Nile virus to date.

 

Level 2–YoloCounty:  28 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 20 mosquito samples have tested positive forWest Nile virus to date.

 

            Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net