June 5, 2024

Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916-405-2082 |  Cell:  916-416-6337

Elk Grove, Ca.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District has confirmed that the first dead bird of the season has tested positive for West Nile virus. The American Crow was collected near Riverside Blvd in Land Park in the city of Sacramento and it is the first indication of West Nile virus activity for the 2024 season. “Finding the first positive bird is always significant because it provides an early warning sign for the disease,” 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. Late spring rains and the extremely hot temperatures for this time of the year could indicate a busy mosquito and West Nile virus season ahead. While this is the first evidence of the virus within the District’s service area; other counties throughout the state have already started to register 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.
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To report mosquito problems, please call 1-800-429-1022 or fill out a service request online at 
2024 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County:  1 dead bird has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Yolo County:  No activity has been registered so far.