Fight The Bite During National Night Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2013
 
FIGHT THE BITE DURING NATIONAL NIGHT OUT
–Prevent Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus by Using Insect Repellent 
 
Elk Grove, Calif.— Tomorrow night is National Night Out, an event which focuses on public safety as well as crime and drug prevention. Many neighborhoods will come together to celebrate with activities such as outdoor BBQ’s and ice cream socials during the early evening at the same  time when mosquitoes are most active. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District reminds the public to also protect themselves against mosquito bites by using an effective insect repellent. “Even though temperatures are mild, we’re in the middle of summer and this means mosquitoes are out and the threat of West Nile virus exists,” said David Brown District Manager. “While everyone will be focused on getting to know their neighbors and increasing public safety, mosquitoes will be out biting, so we encourage you to protect yourself by using an effective insect repellent,” said Brown.
 
For the past weeks, the District has distributed hundreds of free mosquito repellent packets to various neighborhood associations, community groups and law enforcement agencies to be distributed to participants during National Night Out.  Repellent is still available for any upcoming evening events, please emaillrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net to schedule a pick up time during normal business hours Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.
 
Mosquito and West Nile virus activity continues to be widespread and last week the first contracted human case of the season was confirmed for Sacramento County. A human case has also been confirmed in Yolo County. At the same time, chickens, birds and mosquito samples have continued testing positive for the virus over the past weeks. Throughout the state there are 14 reported human cases including 2 deaths.
 
Last year, 20 deaths and 479 human WNV cases were reported in California.
Contact:  Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082  |  Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
2013 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  2 humans, 78 dead birds and 213 mosquito samples, 1 horse, 2 chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County1 human, 47 dead birds, 145 mosquito samples, 3 chickens 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