Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week is April 21-27

BZZZZ…..FIGHT THE BITE!

MOSQUITO AND WEST NILE VIRUS AWARENESS WEEK IS APRIL 21-27

ELK GROVE, Calif. April 19, 2013— Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand! The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week April 21-27. This week kicks off mosquito and West 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 and West Nile virus,” said District Manager David Brown.  “With the recent rain and the hot temperatures expected next week, we anticipate an increase in mosquitoes” added Brown.  “It is important for everyone to do what they can to not produce mosquitoes and to protect themselves when they are out,” said Brown.

 

In 2012 California and the entire nation faced one of the worst WNV outbreaks since the disease was first discovered. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) confirmed 479 human cases and 19 deaths. According to predictions from CDPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus will again pose a public health threat in California in 2013.

 

WHO:            The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District

 

WHAT:          Events for Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week April 21-27

 

WHEN:          Monday, April 22 — Official kick off of the District’s public information and education campaign 

                    

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

 

Wednesday, April 24–Annual Repellent Distribution to local homeless shelters

 

WHERE:  Loaves and Fishes

                     1321 North C. St.

                     Sacramento, Ca

                     Information table will be set up from 10:30-11:30

 

                     Fourth & Hope

                     207 Fourth St.

                     Woodland, Ca

                     Repellent drop off at 1:30

 Homeless residents are at a higher risk of being bitten by mosquitoes and exposed to West Nile virus. As part of our community involvement and education program, the District is reaching out to this segment of the population to provide free mosquito repellent wipes and information on how they can protect themselves.

 

Friday, April 26 —Booth set up at Kids Day event at the Ferns Park in Woodland

 

Saturday, April 27—Participation in the Winters Youth Day celebration and Kids Day in Rancho Cordova

 

** For photo opportunities and interviews, please contact Luz Rodriguez at

(916) 416-6337. 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.