West Nile Found in Sacramento

March 21, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Crow in Sacramento has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. Efforts are underway in the Valley to prevent the spread of the disease.Workers from the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District have been treating pools and areas of standing water for the past month. Their workload is larger this year because of the estimated one thousand green pools in their district.

Many sit in vacant homes that have been foreclosed. These mosquito larvae were found in an abandoned pool this afternoon. It's a scene workers are coming across daily. "We're starting early, and we almost feel like we're playing catch up already. There's so many and they are breeding. There's mosquitoes in them all. So the faster we get to them, the better off we'll be," said Tim Phillips of the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control.

Mosquito abatement officials are urging people to dump out any rainwater that has collected in containers during the past few weeks. They're also asking you to call them if you think there are any abandoned pools in your neighborhood. Anything that collects water can become a breeding ground for mosquitoes in just a matter of days.

West Nile infections killed at least nine people in the Valley last year. Statewide, more than 200 people got sick.


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