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West Nile aerial spraying starts tonight in areas south of downtown Sacramento

06/30/2014 11:26 AM

06/30/2014 8:22 PM

Areas south of downtown Sacramento will undergo an aerial mosquito spray treatment on Monday and Tuesday after numerous bird and mosquito samples in the area tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The sprays will be conducted by the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, which monitors mosquito conditions throughout the year.

The spraying will last from 8 p.m. to midnight and cover nearly 17,000 acres from Broadway on the north down to Meadowview Road on the south and from Interstate 5 on the west to Power Inn Road on the east.

The spray treatment will be done with Trumpet, an insecticide registered for use in mosquito control by the U.S. and California Environmental Protection Agencies. According to the district website, the sprayings do not pose a risk to human or pet health, but residents should close doors and windows and remain inside as much as possible during the aerial treatment. The mosquito-killing particles break down quickly in sunlight and will not build up over time or seep into

In recent weeks, the district has seen increasing levels of West Nile Virus infection among birds and mosquitoes in the area, spurring concern about the possibility of human infection.

“With the 4th of July holiday, we know many residents will be spending time outdoors and enjoying the fireworks at dusk, a time when mosquitoes will be actively biting,” said District Manager Gary Goodman. “It’s critical that we act now to reduce the number of infected mosquitoes and decrease the risk of human transmission.”

Public information officer Luz Maria Rodriguez said District scientists are not sure why southern Sacramento neighborhoods have become a hotspot for West Nile Virus activity this year. Last year, Rodriguez said, the district did not need to conduct any urban aerial sprays.

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Sacramento Bee reporters Cynthia Craft and Sammy Caiola write about community health issues in the Sacramento region. Their work is in conjunction with the California Endowment, a non-profit health foundation created in 1996.

Cynthia H. Craft is The Sacramento Bee's senior writer on health. She graduated from Ohio State University and previously worked at the Los Angeles Times and California Journal. She was a fellow in 2012 at the National Library for Medicine in Washington, D.C. at the National Institute for Health. Reach her at ccraft@sacbee.com or 916-321-1270. Twitter: @cynthiahcraft.

Sammy Caiola joined The Sacramento Bee as a health reporter in 2014. She is a recent graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, where she was a Top 10 finisher in the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards. Reach her at scaiola@sacbee.com or 916-321-1636. Twitter: @SammyCaiola.

 

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