The Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected the first evidence of West Nile Virus in Sutter and Yuba Counties in 2017. Mosquito samples recently collected in NW Yuba City, Hallwood and Linda have tested positive for the virus. There has been no detection of WNV in dead birds, sentinel chicken flocks or humans.

Mosquito production and virus activity are occurring later than normal this season due to a wet winter and the planting of irrigated crops being delayed. The District's surveillance system is in full operation and mosquito control efforts are at maximum capability. Residents are asked to report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health website at www.westnile.ca.gov or by calling 877-968-2473.

It is very important to make sure to take the simple precautions that reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile Virus. The 4 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:

D- DEET - use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. These are the EPA approved mosquito repellants to prevent bites. Always follow package instructions for appropriate age and directions for use.

D- Dawn and Dusk - Avoid going outdoors 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 - Make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are not broken or torn.

D- Drain all standing water around the outside of your house - buckets, jar lids, tires and flower pot trays are some common places.

You can obtain additional information by contacting the District Office at 674-5456 ext. 100 between the hours of 7 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or visiting website at www.sutter-yubamvcd.org