More West Nile Virus Activity: Take Precautions This Holiday Weekend

Release date: 
Sep 2

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District (MSMVCD) received notice today that another dead bird has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Sonoma County. The Western Scrub-Jay was collected from the City of Santa Rosa near Valley Oaks Drive and Oak Leaf Drive.

“As residents get ready for the holiday weekend, they should not forget the threat that West Nile virus poses,” Nizza Sequeira, Public Relations Director for MSMVCD. "Taking personal protection measures such as wearing long sleeves and long pants, and applying an effective insect repellent to exposed skin will help to reduce the incidence of disease," said Sequeira.  

Repellents that contain an active ingredient which has been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been proven to be most effective when applied according to the instructions on the label.  

When there is a need for both sunscreen and insect repellent, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends using two separate products rather than a dual purpose one, as repellents do not need to be reapplied as often as sunscreen.

The Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District, in accordance with the CDC, recommends repellents that contain one of the following active ingredients:

  • DEET
  • Picaridin 
  • Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus (PMD)
  • IR3535