West Nile Virus Activity Remains Widespread Throughout Sacramento And Yolo Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2013
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
 
 
WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY REMAINS WIDESPREAD THROUGHOUT SACRAMENTO AND YOLO COUNTIES
–Aerial spraying to control infected mosquitoes may be necessary
  
Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced today that West Nile virus activity continues to be widespread throughout both Sacramento and Yolo counties as 79 mosquito samples and  20 dead birds tested positive this week. The District continues to closely monitor an area in North Sacramento County as well as the cities of Davis and Woodland where much of the activity has been identified and aerial spraying to control adult infected mosquitoes is strongly being considered for early next week. “Virus activity is rapidly intensifying and we need to act promptly in order to interrupt the transmission cycle” said David Brown, District Manager. As a response to the increased activity this week, the District responded by conducting localized ground fogging in various urban locations throughout both counties as well as aerial applications throughout rural and agricultural areas. “Additional traps were set and based on our findings we will decide if aerial spraying in urban areas will be necessary” indicated Brown.
 
If aerial spraying is necessary, areas identified through surveillance would be treated with Evergreen 60-6 (pyrethrins) and / or Trumpet (an organophosphate). Both insecticides are registered for use in mosquito control by the Environmental Protection Agency and these product(s) have been successfully used in previous mosquito control applications.
 
For current information about any treatments planned, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up go to Spray Notifications.
 
2013 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  35 dead birds and 80 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date. 1 human case has been reported by the California Department of Public Health.
 
Yolo County13 dead birds and 76 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date 
 
Practice the District D’s of Mosquito Prevention: 
DRAIN standing water that may produce mosquitoes. 
DAWN and DUSK are times to avoid being outdoors.   
DRESS appropriately be wearing long sleeves and pants when outside. 
DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.  Make sure to follow label directions! 
DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.
DISTRICT personnel are also available to address any mosquito problems. Call us at 800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net