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Mosquito control district giving out free repellent to Sacramento-area homeless

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Zika and West Nile viruses are both transmitted by mosquitoes. Officials from public health and from Sacramento-Yolo vector control explain how to protect yourself from bites.
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Zika and West Nile viruses are both transmitted by mosquitoes. Officials from public health and from Sacramento-Yolo vector control explain how to protect yourself from bites.

The local mosquito control district will be handing out more than 10,000 repellent wipes Thursday to the homeless and agencies that serve homeless people in the Sacramento region.

Repellent will be distributed from Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District said in a news release. Repellent wipes will also be dropped off at CommuniCare Health Center in West Sacramento.

The agency is distributing the supplies in advance of West Nile virus season, which typically begins in Sacramento at the same time hot summer weather arrives.

The news release notes that the homeless are at a higher risk of mosquito-borne diseases.

“The district is reaching out to this segment of the population to provide free mosquito repellent wipes and information on how they can protect themselves,” the news release said.

Repellent will also be made available to community groups, senior centers and other organizations that hold outdoor evening events, the district said.

Sacramento region has seen an increase in West Nile Virus activity, with Elk Grove and Land Park of specific concern with high activities.

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Michael McGough anchors The Sacramento Bee’s breaking news reporting team, covering public safety and other local stories. A Sacramento native and lifelong capital resident, he interned at The Bee while attending Sacramento State, where he earned a degree in journalism.


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