Free Repellent Available For National Night Out

August 1, 2013
Contact:  Luz Maria Rodriguez, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
Personal Protection is Key in Preventing Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus
Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is giving away boxes of mosquito repellent towelettes, while supplies last, to communities engaging in outdoor activities in honor of National Night Out next Tuesday, August 6th. The event focuses on crime and drug prevention and many neighborhoods come together for outdoor social gatherings during times of peak mosquito activity. “We know many people will be outside for this event and we want to remind the public that personal protection against mosquitoes is key in the prevention of West Nile virus” said David Brown, District Manager. “We encourage everyone to take advantage of the repellent we are offering as part of our public outreach program” added Brown.
West Nile virus activity has been widespread and intense this season. To date there are 3 confirmed human cases and many birds and mosquitoes have tested positive for the disease. The District urges the public to protect themselves from mosquito bites when they are outdoors. “Repellent comes in a variety of forms including lotion, spray and towelettes. Find one that you like and use it to ensure you are not bitten by mosquitoes” said Brown. Repellent should be applied based on duration and type of activity.  Sweat will make the repellent wear off faster, and people engaging in physical activity will likely need to apply repellent more often.  Residents should always follow the directions on the repellent’s label.  Brown reminds everyone to think about repellent as often as they might think about sunscreen when outdoors during the summer.
For anyone interested in getting the free repellent, please email Luz Rodriguezat to schedule a pick up time at the Elk Grove andWoodland offices Monday-Friday, 7:00a.m. to 3:30p.m.
2013 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County:  2 humans, 78 dead birds and 204 mosquito samples, 1 horse, 2 chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County1 human, 47 dead birds, 145 mosquito samples, 1 chicken have tested positive for West Nile virus to date