West Nile virus activity on the rise

From the Daily Democrat
July 3, 2018

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District confirmed that West Nile virus activity is increasing as 10 new mosquito samples and 10 dead birds have tested positive for the disease in areas throughout the region, including Yolo County.

“The hot temperatures of the last few days have increased mosquito populations and we’re starting to see widespread activity,” said Gary Goodman, district manager.

Thus far, stated Goodman, there have been 32 mosquito samples and 21 dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus to date.

In Yolo County, two dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus to date.

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 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,” stated Goodman. “We urge everyone to wear an effective repellent to protect themselves from mosquito bites. All it takes is one bite from an infected mosquito to get the virus” indicated Goodman.

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