West Nile Virus Season Continues As More Mosquitoes Test Positive
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2013
WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON CONTINUES AS MORE MOSQUITOES TEST POSITIVE
—South Sacramento County shows an increase in activity
Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor West Nile activity throughout both counties where many mosquito samples continue to test positive for the disease. West Nile virus activity has intensified in the Galt and Herald areas of South Sacramento County where 12 mosquito samples tested positive today. “As long as the weather continues to be warm, mosquitoes will be a health threat” said David Brown District Manager. “Everyone needs to remember this and take the necessary precautions to prevent mosquito bites” added Brown. West Nile virus activity continues to be steady and widespread in other parts of Sacramento County and in the Dunnigan area of Yolo County.
In response to the recent WNV activity, the District will conduct localized ground fogging in agricultural and urban areas as needed. At the same time, intense surveillance efforts through trapping and testing of mosquito samples will also continue. Residents can subscribe to receive email notifications for adult mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net and go to Spray Notifications. Information for current treatments planned is also available on the District website.
Throughout the state, West Nile virus activity also remains steady and last week 22 new human cases were confirmed bringing the total to 59 cases including 4 fatalities. At this same time last year there were only 41 cases reported.
West Nile virus is transmitted by the bite of an infected mosquito and symptoms may include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. Anyone with these symptoms is encouraged to notify their physician.
2013 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County: 2 humans, 129 dead birds and 304 mosquito samples, 3 horses, 3 chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County: 1 human, 70 dead birds, 212 mosquito samples, 6 chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus to date
Contact: Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office: 916.405.2082 | Cell: 916.416.6337