West Nile virus found in Yolo County mosquito sample for 1st time in 2020; activity rising

From the Sacramento Bee
July 15, 2020

For the first time this season, officials at the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reported Wednesday that they have found West Nile in a mosquito sample in Yolo County. It was in Zamora.

“With the warmer temperatures we’ve seen recently, West Nile virus activity is steadily rising,” said Gary Goodman, the district manager. “To date, the amount of West Nile virus activity has been lower than other seasons, however … this can quickly change. Therefore, it’s extremely important that residents continue taking proper precautions to protect themselves from mosquitoes.”

In Sacramento County, the district has reported finding West Nile virus in 18 dead birds and 12 mosquito samples over a large swath of territory between Interstate 80 and Highway 50 from Sacramento to Folsom as well as in Elk Grove and south Sacramento.

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