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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.

5 Things to do this weekend

5 Things to do this weekend

A celebration of man's best friend, and expo aimed at keeping your family safe and healthy and a big sleepover at the zoo are just some of the things you and your family can do in the Valley this weekend.

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VSP Vision Care sends mobile eye clinic to areas devastated by tornado

VSP Vision Care sends mobile eye clinic to areas devastated by tornado

RANCHO CORDOVA - VSP® Vision Care deployed a state-of-the-art 45-foot mobile eye exam clinic to the affected areas of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and surrounding areas to provide no-cost comprehensive eye exams and eyewear to the families and children in need.

To date, working with the local American Red Cross chapters and the University of Alabama School of Optometry (UAB), VSP has directly helped over 1,000 tornado victims regain their sight after losing or breaking their glasses. Students and doctors from the UAB are donating their time and services to work on board the clinic. VSP has also provided the American Red Cross with 3,000 gift certificates, valued at $1.15 million, to distribute to Red Cross clients in need across all of the areas affected by tornadoes or flooding .

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.