West Nile Virus Still a Threat in Western Placer

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Eight additional mosquito samples in western Placer County have tested positive for West Nile virus in the past week. A majority of the positive samples were collected from mosquito traps located in the Lincoln area.

“The high temperatures we have been experiencing not only make it easier for West Nile virus to replicate in birds and mosquitoes but also result in more mosquitoes,” said Joel Buettner, General Manager of the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District. Buettner states that western Placer County will be seeing an increase in mosquito activity. In addition to the West Nile virus vector mosquitoes we have been seeing all summer, the Anopheles mosquitoes are increasing in number as well. These mosquitoes may be aggressive, but are not known vectors for West Nile virus.

With warm temperatures still in the forecast, the District urges residents to implement prevention strategies, such as using an effective repellent, that will decrease the risk of mosquito bites. “While the District continues its West Nile virus surveillance and mosquito control efforts, personal protection is still key at times like these,” Buettner states.

For more information on the different mosquito species in Placer County, contact the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District at (888) 768-2343 or visit www.placermosquito.org. 2011 Placer County West Nile virus activity update: 3 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 32 mosquito samples, and 0 humans have tested positive for West Nile Virus to date.

Contact: Ada Barros, Public Information Officer,  (916) 343-000

West Nile Virus Still a Threat in Western Placer

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Eight additional mosquito samples in western Placer County have tested positive for West Nile virus in the past week. A majority of the positive samples were collected from mosquito traps located in the Lincoln area.

“The high temperatures we have been experiencing not only make it easier for West Nile virus to replicate in birds and mosquitoes but also result in more mosquitoes,” said Joel Buettner, General Manager of the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District. Buettner states that western Placer County will be seeing an increase in mosquito activity. In addition to the West Nile virus vector mosquitoes we have been seeing all summer, the Anopheles mosquitoes are increasing in number as well. These mosquitoes may be aggressive, but are not known vectors for West Nile virus.

With warm temperatures still in the forecast, the District urges residents to implement prevention strategies, such as using an effective repellent, that will decrease the risk of mosquito bites. “While the District continues its West Nile virus surveillance and mosquito control efforts, personal protection is still key at times like these,” Buettner states.

For more information on the different mosquito species in Placer County, contact the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District at (888) 768-2343 or visit www.placermosquito.org.

2011 Placer County West Nile virus activity update: 3 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 32 mosquito samples, and 0 humans have tested positive for West Nile Virus to date.

Contact: Ada Barros, Public Information Officer,  (916) 343-0009.

Eight New Mosquito Samples Test Positive for West Nile Virus

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Eight additional mosquito samples in Placer County have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) this week, the highest number of positive samples in one week since the beginning of the 2011 mosquito season.

Since the positive mosquito samples came from several of the mosquito traps along the western Placer County border, all the way from Sheridan to the Elverta area just west of Roseville, the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is gearing up for a larger-scale response to these results, with mosquito treatments in the rural areas beginning early next week. “We are still working out the details on how we will be conducting treatments across this large area, as well as increasing surveillance,” stated Joel Buettner, General Manager of the District.

According to Buettner, some localized treatments in residential areas of western Placer County were conducted early this morning. The District asks Placer County residents to consider the threat of West Nile virus and protect themselves accordingly this weekend.

The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District advises the public to implement the 3 Ds of protection:

  • Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
  • Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent and dressing protectively when outside, and making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.
  • Contact the District for any additional help controlling mosquitoes around your home.

For more information, contact the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District at (888) 768-2343 or visit www.placermosquito.org. Residents who would like to receive notification on adult mosquito treatments scheduled in Placer County may email pio@placermosquito.org.

2011 Placer County West Nile virus activity update: 1 dead bird, 0 sentinel chickens, 13 mosquito samples, and 0 humans have tested positive for West Nile Virus to date.

Contact: Ada Barros, Public Information Officer,  (916) 343-0009

First West Nile Positive Bird in Placer County

District asks residents to watch for dead birds.

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The first bird in Placer County to test positive this year for West Nile virus has been found in Rocklin.

“Dead birds provide an early indication of where virus activity is increasing.” said Joel Buettner, general manager of the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District.

However, public health officials have expressed concerns that the number of dead bird reports coming in from the public have decreased this year. This could affect how quickly West Nile virus hotspots are identified. “Ideally, we’d like to get an indication of West Nile virus activity before we find WNV-positive mosquitoes in an area. Finding WNV-positive dead birds helps direct our surveillance and control efforts,” states Dr. Mary Sorensen, laboratory director for the District.

The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District urges citizens to report dead birds by calling the California Department of Public Health hotline at (877) 968-2473. Only birds suitable for testing will be picked up, but all reports provide valuable information and assist in control.

The District has also schedules round-based treatments for the early morning on August 12th. Treatment area includes:

  • Elverta area – area north of Rio Linda Blvd to Jackson Road, between Brewer Road and Locust Road, and between Pleasant Grove Rd. and El Modena Ave.

For more information, contact the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District at (888) 768-2343 or visit www.placermosquito.org.

2011 Placer County West Nile virus activity update: 1 dead bird, 0 sentinel chickens, 5 mosquito samples, and 0 humans have tested positive for West Nile Virus to date.

Contact: Ada Barros, Public Information Officer (916) 343-0009.

West Nile Virus Activity Increasing in Placer County

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Four additional mosquito samples in Placer County have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in the past two weeks, most occurring on the western border of the county.

“This increase of activity is not unexpected. It serves as a reminder that West Nile virus is still a threat and that we must take precautions to reduce our risk for exposure,” stated Joel Buettner, General Manager of the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Due to these test results, the District has scheduled a truck fogging for the early morning of August 5th in the following localized areas where the mosquito traps have turned up WNV-positive mosquitoes:

  • Elverta area – area north of Rio Linda Blvd to Jackson Road, between Brewer Road and Locust Road, and between Pleasant Grove Rd. and El Modena Ave.
  • West of Roseville – area between Fiddyment Rd. and Brewer Rd., north of Sunset Blvd to Catlett Rd.

Total mosquito numbers are still low according to Buettner, due to a combination of milder than usual temperatures and the District’s aggressive larval mosquito control program. Not seeing many mosquitoes may lead the general public to become more relaxed about practicing prevention strategies, but even with low mosquito numbers, the District warns that WNV transmission can still happen.

The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control advises the public to implement the 3 Ds of protection:

  • Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.
  • Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent and dressing protectively when outside, and making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.
  • Contact the District for any additional help controlling mosquitoes around your home.

For more information, contact the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District at (888) 768-2343 or visit www.placermosquito.org.

2011 Placer County West Nile virus activity update: 0 dead birds, 0 sentinel chickens, 5 mosquito samples, and 0 humans have tested positive for West Nile Virus to date.

Contact: Ada Barros, Public Information Officer (916) 380-5480.