Risk Of West Nile Virus Continues For Sacramento And Yolo Counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2013
RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS CONTINUES FOR SACRAMENTO AND YOLO COUNTIES
 
Elk Grove, Calif.— Risk of West Nile virus continues to be high throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties as more mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus. “We continue to see ongoing and intense virus activity that is widespread and the risk of human transmission is high,” said David Brown, District Manager. “Residents need to be aware and do everything they can to ensure they are not being bitten by mosquitoes because anyone can become infected with the disease” added Brown. While temperatures had been mild in previous days, the warming trend may increase the abundance of mosquitoes increasing the risk to the public. “We want to remind everyone to stay protected by always wearing a good mosquito repellent, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active” indicated Brown. To date there are 2 confirmed human cases in Sacramento County and 1 in Yolo County.
 
As a response to the recent findings and increased activity, District staff will inspect the area for mosquito breeding sources, continue with extensive trapping and surveillance as well as ground based truck mounted fogging in the areas of most activity to reduce the adult mosquito populations.
 
Throughout the state there are 37 human cases with 3 confirmed fatalities related to West Nile virus.
 
Last year, 479 human cases were reported and 20 deaths.
 
For current information about any treatments planned, please visitwww.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.
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, 116 dead birds and 261 mosquito samples, 3 horses, 3 chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County1 human, 61 dead birds, 189 mosquito samples, 6 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