West Nile virus is on the rise along with temperatures in Sacramento County, according to mosquito-abatement experts.
Officials of the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District said Thursday that five new mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus in Sacramento County. It has also been detected in Yolo County.
Gary Goodman, district manager, noted that the triple-digit heat this week has accelerated the mosquito life cycle, increasing the number of mosquitoes.
Greater numbers of mosquitoes buzzing around means a greater chance of being bitten during Fourth of July celebrations.
“Many will be participating in family barbecues and watching fireworks around dusk, a time when mosquitoes are looking to bite,” Goodman said. “We urge everyone to wear an effective repellent to prevent mosquito bites.”
Thirty-one counties in California have reported West Nile virus activity.