Zika virus and our District

1) Currently, the types of mosquitoes that can carry Zika virus, have currently not been detected in Sacramento or Yolo County. However they have been found in other areas of California including San Mateo, Madera, Fresno, and Los Angeles.

2) In addition to our routine surveillance program, the District is actively trapping for the invasive mosquito species Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus that primarily carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses.

3) We are asking the public to report daytime biting mosquitoes by calling 1-800-429-1022 or report them online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net Some local mosquito species do bite during the day; however they may not be invasive species. Please report all daytime mosquito biting activity so field staff may conduct an inspection.

4) Within our District several factors are necessary for Zika virus to become a significant health threat. First, an invasive mosquito species (Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus), capable of transmitting Zika virus, would need to be introduced and established. Secondly, a person who has contracted Zika virus and is currently infectious to mosquitoes would have to be bitten by the previously mentioned invasive mosquito species. Since we currently do not have invasive mosquito species in our area and no known human cases have been reported, the current risk to area residents is low.

5) Go to our website www.FIGHTtheBITE.net to report mosquito problems and to sign up for additional news release, notices and alerts.

For additional information see these other helpful links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Department of Public Health: