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WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY ON THE RISE Protect yourself from mosquitoes this Fourth of July weekend
Elk Grove, Ca— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District announced that more evidence of West Nile virus activity (WNV) has been detected in widespread locations throughout Sacramento County. Areas where WNV activity is intense include North Highlands, Fair Oaks and Elk Grove. “The very hot temperatures of the last few days have increased the production of mosquitoes and West Nile virus is on the rise putting the public at a higher risk” said Gary Goodman District Manager. “We’re very concerned about the increased level of activity in these areas and conducting aerial spraying as early as next week may be necessary,” added Goodman. (See map below for areas of concern) The District will continue to evaluate the situation and make a decision regarding aerial applications early next week after more data is collected. While WNV activity is increasing throughout California, Sacramento County leads the state with the highest number of dead birds and mosquito samples that have tested positive for West Nile.
The increase in West Nile virus activity comes at a time when many will be enjoying the outdoor activities for the 4th of July holiday weekend and the District reminds the public to take protective measures against mosquitoes. “Many will be participating in family BBQ’s and watching fireworks around dusk, a time when mosquitoes are looking to bite. We urge everyone to wear an effective repellent to prevent mosquito bites. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to get the virus,” indicated Goodman.
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.
In response to the ongoing WNV activity, the District will continue surveillance efforts through testing of mosquito samples and dead bird reports as well as controlling adult mosquitoes with ground fogging in areas of concern. If a decision is made to conduct aerial treatments, media will be notified immediately so information can be disseminated to the public. http://www.fightthebite.net/spraying-update
For current information about any treatments planned, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by zip code.
2016 West Nile virus activity map: http://www.fightthebite.net/west-nile-virus-activity-map
Sacramento County: 125 mosquito samples and 137 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County: 2 dead birds and 11 mosquito sample 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