With school out, West Sacramento families are hiking, biking, swimming, camping and otherwise spending more time outdoors. Hot weather risks include an increase in mosquito activity and the possibility you will be bitten by a mosquito infected with West Nile Virus.
In the Sacramento region, both birds and mosquitoes are testing positive for the virus. If a person is bitten and becomes infected, in rare cases he or she can develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The California Department of Public Health reports one human case so far this year in Sacramento County.