Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week is April 20-26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2014

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MOSQUITO AND WEST NILE VIRUS AWARENESS WEEK IS APRIL 20-26

ELK GROVE, Calif. April 18, 2014— Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand! The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announces Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week,  April 20-26. This week kicks off the District’s public information and education campaign to keep residents aware about the health risks associated with mosquitoes. “Mosquito Awareness Week is an excellent opportunity for our communities to learn more about mosquitoes and how they can protect themselves from mosquitoes and diseases such as West Nile virus,” said District Manager Gary Goodman.  “As we continue into spring and temperatures warm up, everyone needs to do their part in preventing mosquitoes. Reporting dead birds, neglected pools and other mosquito problems are effective ways that will help our District protect the public by targeting areas of concern.” added Goodman. “Reducing mosquitoes now, will go a long way later in the season.”

In 2013 California continued to see West Nile virus activity and 372 human cases were confirmed. Also of current concern is finding the Yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) in the Central Valley and San MateoCounty. This mosquito was first detected last year and may likely continue to spread to different counties this season and could ultimately pose health threats. The Yellow fever mosquito is a non native mosquito capable of transmitting yellow fever, dengue fever and other diseases.

WHO:            The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District

WHAT:           Events for Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week April 20-26

WHEN:          Monday, April 21 — Official kick off of the District’s public information and education campaign 

                    

Tuesday, April 22—Participation and community outreach during an Earth Day event at Cesar Chavez park in Sacramento

Wednesday April 23— Announcement of the annual Fight the Bite calendar contest winners and awarding of prizes at local schools.

Thursday, April 24— Annual Repellent Distribution to local homeless shelters

Friday, April 25 — Information booth at the west steps of the Capitol and participation at Kids Day event at the Ferns Park in Woodland

Saturday, April 26—Participation in the Winters Youth Day celebration and Kids Day in Rancho Cordova

 

            Contact:  Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer

Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337

E-mail:  lrodriguez@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

 

** For photo opportunities and interviews, please contact Luz Maria Rodriguez at (916) 416-6337.