West Nile Virus Activity Increases as More Dead Birds and Mosquito Samples Test Positive in Sacramento County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2018
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
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WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY INCREASES AS MORE DEAD BIRDS AND MOSQUITO SAMPLES TEST POSITIVE IN SACRAMENTO COUNTY
 
Elk Grove, Ca…— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District announced today that further evidence of West Nile virus activity has been detected throughout areas of Sacramento County as 2 new birds and 10 mosquito samples tested positive today. The birds and mosquito samples have been collected from different locations; however most of the WNV activity is concentrated in urban areas within the City of Sacramento.  “The mosquito and West Nile virus season is definitely underway,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “It’s important for residents to be mindful and take all the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten,” he added.
 
This week, the District’s surveillance program detected an increase in virus activity and overall mosquito populations due to the warming temperatures. Hot weather accelerates the mosquito lifecycle and can quickly amplify the virus putting residents at a higher risk. “The summer season officially starts tomorrow and triple digit temperatures are expected over the next couple of days, so we will likely continue to see increased activity,” said Goodman. “We continue to ask for everyone’s cooperation in draining all backyard mosquito sources and wearing an effective mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors,” he added. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
 
In response to the recent findings, the District has increased its surveillance and started ground fogging around areas where positive mosquitoes and birds have been found.
 
For current information about any treatments planned, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code.  To sign up go to Spray Notifications on the website.
 
2018 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  8 dead birds and 13 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  No West Nile virus 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