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West Nile Virus Activity Increases as More Bird and Mosquito Samples Test Positive in Sacramento

Elk Grove, Calif.— The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito &Vector Control District announced that further evidence of West Nile virus activity has been detected in Sacramento County as two more mosquito samples and seven bird tested positive. Most of the mosquito samples and birds have been collected in south Sacramento County in the communities of Wilton and Elk Grove, but evidence of WNV activity has also been found in Sacramento and Citrus Heights. “The cooler weather we have had this year probably explains our relatively low numbers of infected mosquito samples and birds compared to previous years, but residents still need to be aware that West Nile virus is a threat,” said David Brown, District Manager. “Hot temperatures can quickly amplify the virus.

Do you have a Carbon Monoxide Detector in your home? Most folks need one by July 1.

Do you have a Carbon Monoxide Detector in your home?  Most folks need one by July 1.

Beginning July 1, 2011, carbon monoxide detectors will be required in many California homes, including many all electric homes.

Homes that use natural gas, propane or oil to run a furnace, water heater or stove must have carbon monoxide detectors.

But what is catching many people off guard is, the law also applies to all electric homes with a fireplace or an attached garage.

Carbon Monoxide detectors are readily available at local stores, can be found for under $20, and are easy to install.

Free immunization clinic for whooping cough Feb. 12

Free immunization clinic for whooping cough Feb. 12

CARMICHAEL - Sacramento County Public Health and the San Juan Unified School District are sponsoring a free immunization clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at the San Juan Unified School District Central Family Services Center, 3700 Garfield Avenue.

Although they're targeting families of young infants (in 2010, ten babies in California died from the disease), the community clinic is open to anyone age 10 or older who wishes to receive a whooping cough booster shot.

California had more cases of whooping cough in 2010 than any year since 1947. Reported cases in Sacramento County increased five-fold. Vaccinating families and persons in contact with infants will protect babies from whooping cough. Because of this epidemic, a new law requires all California students entering 7th-12th grade to be vaccinated against pertussis before they enter school this fall.

For more information about the free clinic, call (916) 875-4493.

Pet owners get financial break

Sacramento and Yolo County pet owners can now apply to have their pets spayed or neutered for just $20 per dog and $15 per cat as part of “Spay Day Sacramento” on March 6.  This is a savings of 90 percent or more on this routine, but important veterinary procedure.  Spaying or neutering dogs and cats leads to better health and improved behavior and reduces the number of animals entering area shelters.

Qualifying pet owners must be either Sacramento or Yolo County residents and have an annual household income of $35,000 or less.  There is a 2 animal (dog and/or cat) limit per household.  Proof of income will be required.