Officials continue to raise awareness regarding the danger of the West Nile virus throughout the United States, this time in Yolo County.
According to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District, two mosquito samples from Winters and Woodland were found positive. Worse, a dead bird was found in Davis after it had been infected with the virus.
Because the disease-carrying mosquitoes have spread throughout Sacramento County, people are advised to take active measures of precaution. The areas in which the virus has recently been detected include Elk Grove, south Sacramento, Fair Oaks, and Orangevale.
As a countermeasure, district officials have used aerial spraying in the areas of Carmichael and Arden Arcade covering a broad range of 15,000 acres reaching the north side of the American River. According to Gary Goodman, district manager, the statistics showed that disease-carrying mosquitoes are less likely to stop spreading because the summer season temperatures are ideal for them.
He also underlined that mosquitoes love high temperatures and have a life cycle of four to seven days, meaning that their numbers can significantly increase during the next three months.
The West Nile virus is usually a mild illness, but it can lead to severe consequences for children, seniors, pregnant women, and people with weak immune system. However, experts explained that this disease is easy to treat especially if it’s detected early.
In addition to this, some safety guidelines provide people with vital information regarding this disease. In addition to this, you can prevent getting bitten by the disease-carrying mosquitoes by just following these simple steps.
Experts advise people to wear protective clothing when they leave the house, such as long-sleeved shirts and pants. Plus, a strong mosquito repellent might prove to be your best bet to prevent these insects from getting any close to you.
It is also worth mentioning that everyone should avoid leaving their windows open. Plus, you need to make sure that mosquitoes cannot break into your house not only through the window but also through any hole.
Last but not least, mosquitoes love standing water. Therefore, scientists prompt people to make sure that they have no source of standing water around their houses. This way, they will prevent the West Nile virus-carrying insects to swarm around their home.
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