Fight the bite
It’s official; mosquito season is here! If you’re not prepared to fight back, you’re bound to become a meal. Besides being a general nuisance, the insects are known to transmit the West Nile Virus, which can cause encephalitis (an inflammation of the brain) in humans. According to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District (Sac-Yolo MVCD), the West Nile virus has been reported in all of California’s counties. Most people who contract the virus experience flu-like symptoms, while others can experience disorientation, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and in some cases death. This Saturday, the Sac-Yolo MVCD center will hold Mosquito and West Nile Virus Prevention Day. Guests will learn what steps they can take to protect themselves against the bloodsuckers. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Put on your insect repellent and head to 8631 Bond Road in Elk Grove. Call (800) 429-1022 or visit www.fightthebite.net.