Risk of West Nile Virus Continues

September 1, 2017

            Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
–Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes this Labor Day Weekend 
Elk Grove, Ca.— Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer, however mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus continue for all area residents. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reminds the public to protect themselves from mosquitoes, especially as many will be enjoying fun outdoor activities for the long holiday weekend. “We’re still seeing high numbers of mosquitoes and dead birds that are testing positive for West Nile virus throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties,” indicated Gary Goodman, District Manager. “Since we are experiencing an intense heat wave, we can expect to see mosquito populations continue to be steady and this increases the risk of being bitten. The best protection is to always wear an effective mosquito repellent while spending time outdoors. This will decrease the risk of becoming sick with West Nile virus,” added Goodman.
This season, virus activity has been steady and widespread in both counties.  “We still have a few weeks before the summer season officially ends so it’s very important for everyone to do their part and stay protected, especially as we head into the holiday weekend,”  said Goodman.  Last week the Sacramento County Health Department confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Sacramento County. No cases have been confirmed in Yolo County, however throughout the state, there are 59. In 2016, there were 442 confirmed human cases and 19 fatalities.
For current information about any treatments planned within Sacramento or Yolo Counties please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code. 
2017 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County:  91 mosquito samples, 56 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County:  58 mosquito samples, 2 dead birds 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 them at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net