With mosquito spraying still fresh in local residents’ minds, West Nile virus continues to have a presence in Yolo County.
A total of 181 mosquito samples, 43 dead birds and five sentinel chickens have tested positive for West Nile virus to date in Yolo County, according to a news release from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.
This week, 36 new human cases of the disease were reported from 10 different counties, according to the release. The total number of confirmed human cases in California to date is 93, including four fatalities.
West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes. Many people infected with the virus don’t experience any signs or symptoms, or may experience only minor ones, such as fever or mild headache. However, some people who become infected develop a life-threatening illness that includes inflammation of the brain.
“While temperatures have been rather mild this week, West Nile virus is still a threat,” said Gary Goodman, district manager. “Don’t be fooled, it’s still the middle of summer, and everyone needs to take preventive measures against mosquito bites and contracting the disease.”
For more information on programs fighting the virus, visit www.fightthebite.net.