Risk of West Nile Virus Continues Throughout Yolo County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 20, 2012 

RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS CONTINUES THROUGHOUT YOLO COUNTY

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced today that 30 new mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus throughout areas of Yolo County, especially in the communities of Woodland, Dunnigan and Knights Landing.  “We’re in the middle of the summer season and virus activity continues to be very prominent” said David Brown, District Manager. “We’re concerned because we continue to find many infected birds and mosquitoes. We need everyone to take these findings seriously and protect themselves from mosquito bites” added Brown. The District will continue to monitor the spread of the disease through extensive mosquito trapping and increase ground and aerial treatments as necessary to protect public health.

West Nile virus activity is also widespread in Sacramento County and two human cases have been confirmed. At the same time, virus activity has also intensified throughout the state and a total of 26 human cases have been confirmed to date in comparison to only 12 cases at this same time last year.

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2012 West Nile virus activity update:

Sacramento County:  2 human cases,  381 dead birds, 13 sentinel chickens, 367 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

 

Yolo County:  36 dead birds, 2 sentinel chickens, 1 horse, 85 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

 

            Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net