First Mosquito Sample of the Season and Two New Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2018
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
 
FIRST MOSQUITO SAMPLE OF THE SEASON AND TWO NEW BIRDS TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
 
Elk Grove, Ca.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District  confirmed today that the first mosquito sample of the season has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  The mosquito sample was collected near Sheldon and Bader Rd in Elk Grove. In addition, two new birds, an American crow from Sacramento and a Scrub-Jay from Elk Grove also tested positive.  “As we expected, the very warm weather we had earlier this week likely increased the number of mosquitoes and accelerated virus activity in both birds and mosquito populations” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “It’s important for residents to take these findings seriously and do everything they can to protect themselves,” added Goodman. Last week, a bird collected from the Del Paso Heights area in Sacramento was the first bird of the season to test positive for the virus. Other counties throughout the state have also started to report West Nile virus activity. Last year in California there were 553 confirmed human cases of the disease, including 44 fatalities. 
 
The detection of this recent WNV activity is evidence that the disease is present and the public should take proper precautions to stay protected. “As more people enjoy outdoor activities during the warm spring evenings, it’s important to remember that the best protection against mosquito bites is an effective insect repellent” said Goodman. Residents are also encouraged to report dead birds, neglected pools and other mosquito problems.
 
As a response to the finding of WNV, the District will increase its mosquito trapping and monitoring in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding. Targeted ground spraying may also be conducted to rapidly decrease the numbers of adult mosquitoes.
 
For current information about District activities, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website.
        

2018 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  1 mosquito sample and 3 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County: No activity has been detected to date.
 


To report stagnant water sources, request a home inspection or if you are being bothered by mosquitoes, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
  
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