West Nile Virus Activity Increases Throughout Yolo County

July 8, 2013

North Sacramento County is still an area of concern 
Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor an area in North Sacramento county for West Nile virus where many dead birds and mosquitoes have tested positive for the disease. At the same time, West Nile virus activity has also increased throughout areas of Yolo County, specifically within the communities of Davis and Woodland where 36 mosquito samples tested positive today.   “West Nile virus activity is very widespread throughout both of our counties and the abundance of mosquitoes in our traps is higher than we have seen in a long time” said David Brown District Manager “We are concerned about the activity to date and we are evaluating our response plan to reduce infected adult mosquitoes” added Brown.
In response to the recent WNV activity, the District will conduct aerial treatments around surrounding rural and agricultural areas, localized ground fogging in urban areas and continue intense surveillance efforts through trapping and testing of mosquito samples and dead birds. Residents can subscribe to receive email notifications for adult mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, visitwww.FIGHTtheBITE.net  and go to Spray Notifications. Information for current treatments planned is also available on the District website.
Despite the current focus on both of these areas, all residents should remain cautious as virus activity has been detected in other areas of both Sacramento and Yolo counties.  “West Nile virus is here and we need everyone to be diligent about protecting themselves” said Brown “Wearing an effective mosquito repellent  and draining all sources of standing water are key” indicated Brown.
The increased activity within Sacramento and Yolo counties comes at the same time that West Nile is also increasing throughout the state. Thus far, West Nile virus activity has been detected in 24 counties throughout the state.
 In 2012, 479 human cases were reported and 20 fatalities.
2013 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County:  18 dead birds and 63 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date. 1 human case has been reported by the California Department of Public Health.
Yolo County6 dead birds and 55 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date

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