West Nile Virus Found In Natomas

Virus Activity Found Near Neglected Pools

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed yesterday that a mosquito sample has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).

This is the first sample to test positive this year and was collected in the Natomas area. The sample was taken from a mosquito trap located in a backyard containing a neglected swimming pool.

“Pools are a significant challenge for us this season” said Dave Brown, District Manager. “We are counting on the public cooperation to help us identify these abandoned swimming pools which are a mosquito breeding paradise, so we can treat them promptly.”

With the current foreclosure rates, many homes have been left with abandoned swimming pools that can produce thousands of mosquitoes and infect an entire neighborhood.

Once a neglected swimming pool has been reported, District staff will treat the pool with mosquitofish that feed on mosquito larvae and keep the problem under control.

The District also asks that neighbors not take matters into their own hands by adding chlorine to an abandoned pool in their neighborhood.

“Often times, we will have already added mosquitofish to the pool and the chlorine kills the fish. The best thing to do is to call the District and we’ll deal with the problem,” said Brown.

To report neglected pools please call 1.800.429.1022 or fill out a Service Request online at www.FIGHTtheBITE.net.

In response to the positive mosquito sample, District personnel will focus on setting out additional traps in the area as well as conducting ground spraying that can rapidly suppress the numbers of adult mosquitoes emerging in the Natomas area.

The detection of virus activity in mosquito samples indicates the continued evidence that WNV is present in our area and that the public should take precautions to remain protected.

As part of it’s education and outreach efforts, the District will hold a community education forum in North Highlands on Thursday, June 19th from 6:30 to 8:30. The forum will be held at the North Highlands Community Center located at 6040 Watt Ave.

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