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West Nile virus threat continues in Yolo, Sacramento

By From page A5 | July 27, 2014

Thirty-three new mosquito samples from Yolo and Sacramento counties tested positive for West Nile virus on Friday, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. Areas of concern include parts of Davis, Woodland, Natomas and Wilton.

“We are at the height of the summer and mosquito season, so West Nile virus activity remains intense,” Gary Goodman, district manager, said in a news release. “We are continuing our surveillance and control efforts to ensure we are doing our best at protecting our residents.”

In Yolo County, 80 mosquito samples and 21 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year. The district has responded with ground truck fogging and aerial treatment over agricultural sources.

“Under these conditions, mosquitoes can complete their life cycle in as little as four to seven days, so it’s imperative that residents do their part and not have stagnant water around their home where mosquitoes can breed,” Goodman said.

“We also need everyone to protect themselves from mosquito bites by always wearing an effective insect repellent.”

For more information, call the district at 1-800-429-1022 or visit www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

Lily Holmes

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