More West Nile Cases Reported

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

One person in Citrus Heights…the other in the Florin area. That brings the total to 14 human cases so far this year. Six were serious enough to be hospitalized.  

Gary Goodman is with the Sacramento Yolo Mosquito Vector Control District. He says these latest cases show that West Nile Virus is still active. 

"The  mosquito season has not gone away and with the rain that’s scheduled for this weekend it can potentially lay out more standing water to breed more mosquitoes and we want people to be on the lookout for that and try to drain any standing water that you may have."

Goodman says you should also wear mosquito repellent to avoid being bitten. West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes.

To date…there are 278 human cases of West Nile virus in California compared to 323 cases at the same time last year.