The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District announced Friday that further evidence of West Nile virus activity has been detected in both Sacramento and Yolo counties as 41 mosquito samples, 43 dead birds and two chickens tested positive this week.
"We continue to see increased widespread West Nile virus activity throughout both of our counties," said David Brown, district manager. "As we head into one of the hottest months of the year, the risk of contracting the disease is very real and we need everyone to protect themselves from being bitten."
New areas of viral activity have been detected in the community of Isleton in south Sacramento County and new areas for Yolo County are Knights Landing and Dunnigan.
In Yolo County, a Level 2 Alert, has been declared after the discovery of 38 dead birds from West Nile virus. Additionally, 20 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus.
To highlight the seriousness of continued virus activity the first fatality related to West Nile virus was announced Friday in Bakersfield.
State officials say an 88-year-old Kern County woman was the first person to die from the West Nile virus in California this year.
Department of Public Health officials said Friday the virus is sickening people earlier this year than last year.
So far 10 people in five California counties have gotten sick from West Nile virus this year. More than 240 people have been reported ill nationwide.
Last year, 159 people in California got sick from the virus, and nine people died.
"This unfortunate death is an important reminder of the deadly consequences an infected mosquito can have. We urge you to protect you and your family by wearing an effective mosquito repellent when enjoying the outdoors," said Brown.
In response to the recent findings and ongoing West Nile Virus activity, the district will continue monitoring and trapping in all areas. It will also conduct necessary ground fogging where positive mosquitoes and birds have been found.