Threat Of West Nile Virus Continues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 30, 2013
 
THREAT OF WEST NILE VIRUS CONTINUES 
–Stay Protected from Mosquitoes this Labor Day Weekend  
 
Elk Grove, Calif.— Labor Day is the last official holiday of the summer, however this doesn’t mean it’s the end of mosquito season! This weekend many will be enjoying family barbeques, pool parties and fun outdoor activities, however the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reminds residents of the threat for contracting West Nile virus and the need to stay protected. “Many birds and mosquitoes throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties are still testing positive for the disease” said David Brown, District Manager. “This means that the risk of becoming infected continues to be high and we can’t let our guard down. We all have to protect ourselves with an effective repellent when we’re outdoors” said Brown.
 
This season, virus activity has been constant and very widespread throughout both of the counties.  “We still have a few weeks before the summer season officially ends and with the abundance of mosquitoes we’re still seeing, it’s very important that everyone be proactive and stay protected, especially as we head into the holiday weekend.” To date, there are 3 confirmed human West Nile virus cases in Sacramento County and 3 in Yolo County. Throughout the state there are 87 human cases reported including 5 fatalities.
 
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. 
 
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:  3 humans, 135 dead birds and 311 mosquito samples, 3 horses, 3 chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County3 humans, 75 dead birds, 216 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