Widespread West Nile Virus Activity Continues

July 31, 2018
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  lrobles@nullFIGHTtheBITE.net
–Northern Sacramento County is an area of concern
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor the spread of West Nile virus as activity remains intense and widespread.  Over the past few weeks, the number of mosquito samples and dead birds collected from Citrus Heights and surrounding areas in the northern part of Sacramento County have been steadily increasing and this is now an area of concern. As August begins, which is traditionally one of the hottest months of the season, the District remains vigilant. “We can’t let our guard down now, we are doing everything we can to protect the health of our residents,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “We are very concerned about the ongoing activity, especially since we are still in the middle of the summer,” added Goodman. In response to the ongoing West Nile virus activity, the District will continue to monitor all activity through widespread mosquito trapping and testing as well as ground treatments where they are necessary.
Last week, the District conducted aerial spraying to combat mosquitoes and West Nile virus over Elk Grove, Pocket and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Rd in Sacramento. Preliminary results show that the abundance of mosquitoes and infection rates decreased significantly in the area treated as compared to untreated areas.
Throughout the state, West Nile virus activity is also on the rise. To date 27 counties have reported activity including 12 confirmed human cases in comparison to only 6 at this same time last year.
For current information about any treatments planned, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code. 
2018 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County:  173 mosquito samples and 133 dead birds, have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County:  16 mosquito samples and 11 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