West Nile Virus Activity on the Rise in Yolo County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 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 IN YOLO COUNTY
City of Davis is an area of concern
 
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to closely monitor areas throughout Yolo County where West Nile virus activity has intensified in the past couple of weeks. Specifically, the city of Davis has seen an increase in activity and it is now being considered an area of concern. To date, 40 mosquito samples and 19 dead birds have tested positive in Yolo County with the majority of activity centralized throughout Davis.  “Our laboratory surveillance efforts demonstrate that the virus is steadily increasing and we are concerned,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “We are still in the middle of summer and the hot temperatures are contributing to high mosquito populations in both urban and agricultural areas,” added Goodman. In response to the increase in West Nile virus activity the District has intensified ground treatments around area parks, trails, beltways and conducted routine aerial treatments over known agricultural sources to quickly reduce the infected mosquito population and protect public health. Surveillance efforts will continue with trapping and testing of mosquitoes throughout Davis in order to determine next steps. The District continues to work closely with local officials to inform residents about the increased activity and urge the public to protect themselves with a good insect repellent in addition to inspecting their homes for any stagnant water and identifying any mosquito breeding sources
 
Along with the rise in activity in Yolo County, the virus remains at elevated levels throughout Sacramento County. The District continues to keep a close eye on Citrus Heights, Orangevale and North Highlands where recently much of the virus activity has been concentrated in.
 
For current information about any treatments planned please visit FIGHTtheBITE.net.  Residents can subscribe to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, visit FIGHTtheBITE.net and go to Spray Notifications.
 
2018 West Nile virus activity map: https://www.fightthebite.net/west-nile-virus-activity-map
 
Sacramento County:  232 mosquito samples and 194 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  40 mosquito samples and 19 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 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 FIGHTtheBITE.net