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West Nile virus activity may prompt aerial spraying in Woodland

The map shows an area, including the city of Woodland, where West Nile virus activity is of particular concern.
The map shows an area, including the city of Woodland, where West Nile virus activity is of particular concern. Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District

A decision whether to conduct aerial spraying for mosquitoes in Woodland to control West Nile virus will be made next week, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.

West Nile virus activity throughout Yolo County has intensified in the past couple of weeks, with widespread activity in Woodland, Davis, Knights Landing and Dunnigan, officials said Friday. To date, 52 mosquito samples and 20 dead birds have tested positive for the virus in Yolo County.

“We are seeing very high levels of West Nile virus activity in both populated and rural areas of the county and we are very concerned,” Gary Goodman, district manager, said in a written statement. “Activity remains steady, and we are increasing efforts to keep the virus from escalating.”

Aerial spraying may be necessary next week in Woodland, he said. A decision will be based on continued surveillance over the weekend and lab testing results that will be available Monday.

In response to the West Nile virus activity, the district has intensified ground treatments around area parks and has conducted aerial treatments over known agricultural sources to eradicate mosquitoes.

For information about treatments planned, go to www.fightthebite.net. Residents can subscribe to receive email notifications for mosquito treatments by ZIP code by clicking on “Spray Notifications” on the website. Mosquito problems can be reported online or by calling 800-429-1022.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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