Elk Grove, Ca.—The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed today that the first mosquito samples of the season have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).
The two mosquito samples were collected from central Galt. “As we expected, the very warm weather we’ve had recently increased the number of mosquitoes and accelerated virus activity,” said Gary Goodman, District Manager. “It’s important for residents to take these findings seriously and do everything they can to protect themselves,” added Goodman. Just last week, three birds picked up from Galt also tested positive for the virus. To date, this is the only area within District boundaries where WNV has been detected. Last year in California there were 231confirmed human cases of the disease, including 11 fatalities.
The detection of this recent WNV activity is evidence that the disease is present and the public should take proper precautions to stay protected. “The summer season is around the corner and as more people enjoy outdoor activities it’s important to remember that the best protection against mosquito bites is an effective insect repellent,” said Goodman. Residents are also encouraged to continue reporting dead birds, neglected pools and other mosquito problems.
As a response to the finding of WNV, the District will increase its mosquito trapping and monitoring in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding. Targeted ground spraying may also be conducted to rapidly decrease the number of adult mosquitoes in the area.
For current information about District activities, please visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net. Residents may also 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.
2021 West Nile virus activity update:
Sacramento County: 2 mosquito samples and 3 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.
Yolo County: No activity has been detected 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.