Concerns Grow over Intense West Nile Virus Activity, Aerial Spraying May Be Necessary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2018
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net

 CONCERNS GROW OVER INTENSE WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY
–Aerial spraying may be necessary for Elk Grove, Pocket and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Rd.
 
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District  confirmed today that West Nile virus activity continues to increase throughout areas of Elk Grove, the Pocket and the neighborhoods south of Fruitridege Rd. as 27 new mosquito samples and 20 dead birds tested positive for the virus today.  “Virus activity in these areas continues to be intense,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “At this moment, with the virus at such elevated levels, we are considering urban aerial spraying to quickly reduce the abundance of adult infected mosquitoes that can pose a threat to the health of our residents” he added. For the last few weeks, the District has been closely monitoring these areas because the number of infected birds and positive mosquito samples has been steadily increasing. To date, much of the West Nile virus activity we have detected has been from these specific areas of concern (see attached map). In an effort to keep the virus from spreading, District field staff has intensified ground mosquito control efforts conducting treatments two to three nights per week in both urban and agricultural areas where mosquitoes have been found to be breeding. The District will continue to evaluate the situation and make a decision regarding aerial applications based on surveillance results received on Friday. If aerial spraying is necessary, it would be scheduled for early next week in the area of concern (see map).  Once a decision is made to conduct aerial treatments, media will be notified immediately so information can be disseminated to the public

Area of Concern Map

In the meantime, the District continues to ask for public cooperation from residents. “Draining all sources of stagnant water around the home and personal protection from mosquito bites by always wearing a good mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors continue to be very important,” indicated Goodman.   
 
For current information about any treatments planned please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents can subscribe to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net  and go to Spray Notifications.
 
 
2018 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  119 mosquito samples and 67 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  7 mosquito samples and 6 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