West Nile Virus Activity Continues Throughout Sacramento And Yolo Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 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 CONTINUES THROUGHOUT 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 Sacramento  and Yolo counties as 26 mosquito samples tested positive today. The District continues to closely monitor areas of concern in both counties.  “We are continuing our surveillance and control efforts” said David Brown District Manager. “To date we’ve seen a favorable response to the work we performed and the abundance of mosquitoes is lower than it was last week” he added. “However, this time of the year the virus can quickly amplify, so we must not let our guard down” indicated Brown.
 
The continued West Nile virus activity comes at a time when many residents are enjoying summer outdoor activities in the evening, at a time when mosquitoes are most active. “It is important residents be cautious and protect themselves from bites by wearing a good insect repellent,” said Brown. The Center for Disease Control recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
 
In 2012, 20 deaths and 479 human WNV cases were reported in California.
 
For current information about WNV activity and 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.
 
2013 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  45 dead birds and 108 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 County22 dead birds and 99 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