Public Service Announcement
Friday, July 16th 2021
The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected the first evidence of West Nile virus in Sutter County in 2021. A mosquito sample recently collected in the town of Meridian has tested positive for the virus. A second sample collected west of Yuba City on Daphne Lane has also tested positive. We have had no detections of WNV in dead birds, sentinel chicken flocks or humans. Mosquito populations of the WNV vector are lower than historically normal, however production has increased with hot daytime temperatures. The District’s surveillance system is in full operation and mosquito control efforts are being increased in areas where detections are made. Prevention of mosquito bites is the best way to 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. Remembering the 4 “D”s is an easy way to help prevent mosquito bites: D – DEET – apply mosquito repellants containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 when mosquitoes are active or biting. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents recommended to prevent bites. Always follow package instructions for appropriate age and directions for use. D – Dawn and Dusk – limit outdoor activity 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 – keep screens in good repair and keep mosquitoes out, by making sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn. D – Drain all standing water around the outside of your home – buckets, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays are some common places. 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. You can obtain additional information by visiting our website at www.sutter-yubamvcd.org or by contacting the District office at 530-674-5456 ext. 0 between the hours of 7 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday thru Friday.