The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected evidence of West Nile virus in mosquitoes collected in Sutter County for the first time in 2019. Mosquito samples recently collected west of Yuba City near Township and Bogue Road have tested positive for the virus. We have had no detection of WNV in dead birds or sentinel chicken flocks. However, the Sutter County Health Department, on July 25th, 2019, reported an asymptomatic, West Nile virus positive, human. Mosquito populations of the WNV vector are present in the District’s abundance traps and may increase with high temperatures. The District’s surveillance system is in full operation and mosquito control efforts are fully deployed. Residents are asked to report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health website at www.westnile.ca.gov or by phone at 877-968-2473.
Prevention of mosquito bites helps protect against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne viruses at home and when traveling. Taking simple steps to prevent mosquito bites should become a basic health habit, just like washing your hands, to keep you and your family healthy. The 4 “D”s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites: D – DEET – use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites. Always follow package instructions for appropriate age and directions for use. D – Dawn and Dusk – avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active. Wear long sleeves and pants if you have to be outdoors when mosquitoes are present. D – Doors and windows – make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn. D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your house – buckets, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays are some common places. Report standing water sources and neglected swimming pools to the District.
You can obtain additional information by contacting the District office at 530-674-5456 ext. 100 between the hours of 7 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.