FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4th, 2020

Contact:  Luz Maria Robles, Public Information Officer
Office:  916.405.2082 | Cell:  916.416.6337
E-mail:  [email protected]
 
 
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 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 this week, temperatures are expected to climb back up over the weekend 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. Be sure to always follow label directions when applying repellent.
 
This season, virus activity has been steady 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,”  said Goodman.
 
While West Nile virus is the main concern in our area, the invasive mosquito, Aedes aegypti continues to spread. This year, invasive mosquitoes were recently found in neighboring San Joaquin and Yuba counties and as far north as Shasta county. The District wants to remind the public that these mosquitoes are capable of transmitting dangerous viruses and to remain vigilant in reducing potential breeding sources in yards.
 
To report a mosquito breeding source or 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. 
 
 
2020 West Nile virus activity update:
 
Sacramento County:  81 mosquito samples and 71 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
 
Yolo County:  62 mosquito samples and 14 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date

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