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West Nile virus danger high in South Sacramento County

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Posted: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 3:32 pm | Updated: 12:26 pm, Fri Aug 12, 2011.

The risk of the potentially deadly West Nile virus is high in the Elk Grove and Wilton areas, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District.

“Residents need to be aware and do everything they can to ensure they are not being bitten by mosquitoes, because anyone can become infected,” district manager Dennis Brown said in a news release. “Though no local human West Nile cases have been reported in our area, in recent days 10 human cases have been registered throughout the state, mainly in the Central Valley.”

The district is asking residents to inspect their homes for any stagnant water and asks for public cooperation in identifying potential mosquito breeding sources.

In San Joaquin County, the biggest risk is concentrated in the Ripon and other areas in the south end of the county, and in the Delta, according to the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District.

There have been 26 dead birds and 83 mosquito samples that have tested positive for the virus in Sacramento County this year.

For current information about any treatments planned, visit www.sjmosquito.org in San Joaquin County or www.fightthebite.net in Sacramento county.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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