Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes this Labor Day Weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 31, 2018
 
Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
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RISK OF WEST NILE VIRUS CONTINUES
–Protect Yourself from Mosquitoes this Labor Day Weekend 
 
Elk Grove, Ca.— Labor Day is the last holiday of the summer, however mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus continue for all area residents. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reminds the public to protect themselves from mosquitoes, especially as many will be enjoying fun outdoor activities for the long holiday weekend. “Mosquito samples and dead birds are still testing positive for West Nile virus throughout Sacramento and Yolo counties” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “While we have been enjoying the cool weather, temperatures are expected to climb back up next week and this means that that there is still a possibility of becoming sick with West Nile,” added Goodman.  “Everyone should remember to wear an effective repellent when they are outdoors,” he added. The Centers 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.
 
This season, virus activity has been intense and widespread in both counties.  “We still have a few weeks before the summer season officially ends, so it’s very important for everyone to do their part and stay protected, especially as we head into the holiday weekend,”  indicated Goodman.  
 
The warning for continued West Nile activity comes at a time when neighboring Placer and San Joaquin counties have also detected many mosquito samples positive for the virus. To date, 31 human cases have been confirmed and this number is expected to grow throughout the next few weeks. In 2017, a total of 553 human cases were recorded including 44 fatalities
 
For current information about any treatments planned within Sacramento or Yolo Counties 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:  266 mosquito samples and 234 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  80 mosquito samples and 33 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