Mosquito control and public health agencies warn of the continued threat of West Nile virus in the Sacramento region.
The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reported today that 25 mosquito samples and 18 dead birds have tested positive for the disease so far this week.
In addition, six human cases of the disease have been reported in Sacramento County with one confirmed death, according to a district news release.
"While we're near the end of the summer, we're still seeing West Nile virus activity," David Brown, district manager, said in a written statement.
Sutter County public health officials reported today that three more human cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the county's Public Health Division, bringing the total to five this year. Two of the patients are stable, but one man is quite ill, according to a department news release.
Mosquito control officials said the number of human cases typically increases in September. They urge people to continue to take precautions and to use an effective mosquito repellent to prevent mosquito bites.
The State of California's West Nile virus webpage -- http://www.westnile.ca.gov/ -- includes information about West Nile virus activity statewide by county, how to report dead birds and how to protect against the virus.
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