West Nile Virus Activity on the Rise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 3, 2018
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
 
WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY ON THE RISE
Protect yourself from mosquitoes this Fourth of July

Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District confirmed that West Nile virus activity is increasing as 10 new mosquito samples and 10 dead  birds have tested positive for the disease in areas throughout Sacramento County. “The hot temperatures of the last few days have increased mosquito populations and we’re starting to see widespread activity,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager.  The increase in West Nile virus activity comes at a time when many will be enjoying the outdoor activities for the 4th of July holiday and the District reminds the public to take protective measures against mosquitoes. “Many will be participating in family BBQ’s and watching fireworks around dusk, a time when mosquitoes are looking to bite. We urge everyone to wear an effective repellent to protect themselves from mosquito bites. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to get the virus” indicated Goodman.
 
The Center for Disease Control recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Always follow label directions when applying repellent.
 
In 2017, 6 human West Nile virus cases were confirmed in Sacramento County and 6 in Yolo County. Throughout California, there were 553 human cases including 19 fatalities.
 
To report any mosquito breeding sources or request any of our District services, 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:  32 mosquito samples and 21 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  2 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus 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