Health & Medicine

West Nile virus detected in Arden Arcade, Fair Oaks areas

Three mosquito samples and six new dead birds in Sacramento County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The test results were confirmed Thursday by the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. The mosquito sample and four of the birds were collected from the Arden Arcade area, and the two other birds were found near Fair Oaks, according to a district news release.

“Over the past few weeks we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of mosquitoes out,” Gary Goodman, district manager, said in a written statement. “Plus, the triple-digit temperatures we’re seeing now likely played a key role in having the virus amplify with the bird and mosquito population. Finding these positive mosquito samples will help us focus our control efforts.”

In response to the finding of West Nile virus, the district will increase its mosquito trapping and monitoring in the area to find sources where mosquitoes may be breeding. Mosquito control activities also may be conducted to rapidly decrease the numbers of adult mosquitoes, officials said.

Current information about district activities are available on the district website, Residents also may subscribe to mailing lists to receive email notifications for planned mosquito treatments by ZIP code. To sign up, go to “Spray Notifications” on the website.

Officials urge the public to take precautions to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito bites, including draining standing water where mosquitoes may breed, avoiding being outdoors at dawn and dusk, wearing long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and using an effective insect repellent.

To report mosquito problems, call the district at 800-429-1022, or visit the district website.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy