May 26, 2020
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FIRST DEAD BIRD OF THE SEASON TESTS POSITIVE
FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
Elk Grove, Ca.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed today that the first bird of the season has tested positive for West Nile virus. The Scrub Jay was collected from Carmichael and it is the first indication of West Nile virus activity for the 2020 season. “Finding the first positive bird is always significant because it provides an early warning,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “It confirms that the virus is present, shows us where we may find positive mosquito samples and where human cases may develop later in the season” added Goodman. Hotter than normal temperatures for this time of the year along with stagnant water left behind by late spring rain could make for a busy mosquito season. This is the first warning of the virus within the District’s service area; however other counties throughout the state have already started to register West Nile virus activity.
The public is encouraged to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (877-968-2473). Some species of birds such as crows, jays and magpies are very susceptible to the virus. Though not all birds that are reported will be picked up and tested, the reports provide valuable information and assist with mosquito surveillance and control efforts that help protect public health.
In response to the detection of WNV activity, the District will increase its mosquito trapping and surveillance in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding.
Residents may visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for upcoming mosquito treatments by zip code. To sign up, go to Spray Notifications on the website.
To report a neglected swimming pool or other mosquito problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net
2020 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County: 1 dead bird has tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County: No activity has been registered so far.
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