Thursday, July 28, 2016
Risk of West Nile virus continues to be high throughout Sutter and Yuba counties as more mosquitoes, dead birds and sentinel chickens test positive for the virus. “We continue to see intense virus activity in our surveillance system that is widespread and the risk for human infection is elevated,” said Michael Kimball, District Manager. “If you’re going to be outside when mosquitoes are active, please don’t take any chances and protect yourself by applying a good mosquito repellent and by wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquito activity is high. This will go a long way in preventing mosquito bites,” added Kimball.
In response to recent findings and increased virus activity, District staff will continue to aggressively target adult and larval stages of mosquitoes. The District continues to treat urban areas with high WNV activity with truck mounted foggers on Thursday evenings to reduce the adult mosquito population. We have added twice weekly spraying in Plumas Lake with the addition of treatments on Tuesday evenings. Tuesday evening fogging routes have also been added to south Yuba City as well as west Marysville. Agricultural areas west of Yuba City, north of Marysville, south of Olivehurst and east of Plumas Lake will be treated by aircraft for adult mosquitoes when necessary with spray missions occurring after dusk on any day of the week. These spray areas can be viewed at the District’s website at www.sutter-yubamvcd.org. Individuals can also sign up for email notification of mosquito spraying at the District’s website or follow us on Facebook.
2016 West Nile Virus activity update:
Sutter County: 6 dead birds, 40 mosquito samples and 11 sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV to date.
Yuba County: 1 dead bird, 8 mosquito collections and 0 sentinel chickens have tested positive for WNV to date.