Slow Start For West Nile Virus Activity

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Between 2007 and 2008, 44 people tested positive for West Nile Virus in Sacramento and Yolo Counties. So far this year, there are no human cases.
“We’re encouraged this year that it is lower, however we’re not done yet.”
Gary Goodman is with the Sacramento – Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. He says the mild summer may be one reason West Nile activity is down this year. He also says more people may be protecting themselves from getting mosquito bites…which is how the virus is spread. But Goodman says it’s still early…the West Nile season lasts until October.
“So the season is not over. While we’ve had a slow start, there’s no specific explanation for what we’re going to have over the next couple of months.”
Goodman points out that even though there are no human cases yet, 11 dead birds have tested positive for the virus this year in Sacramento and Yolo counties.