West Nile Virus Season Begins in Sacramento

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 19, 2008

It’s a few months earlier than usual for Sacramento to see an American Crow death from West Nile Virus. That’s according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District Manager, David Brown.

Brown: “It’s an early wake-up call for residents to start putting on a mosquito repellant when they’re going outside when the mosquitoes are active and certainly do what they can to reduce mosquito development sites in and around their yards.”

Brown says officials are surveying areas where mosquitoes like to lay eggs. He says that includes foreclosed homes with abandoned swimming pools or standing water. Last year there were 24 cases in Sacramento County. One person died. That’s compared to 2005 when there were 170 cases.