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Combating West Nile Virus
May 31, 2005
According to the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC), the West Nile Virus is expected to hit California hard this year. West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause debilitating illness and death to humans, birds, horses and other wildlife. It cannot be spread from person to person. In 2004, West Nile Virus killed 27 people in California and threatened the lives of hundreds of others with neuroinvasive diseases like West Nile-related encephalitis and meningitis.

Currently in Sutter County, there are no cases of West Nile Virus in humans, horses, dead birds, mosquito pools or sentinel chickens. Repellents are an important tool to assist people in protecting themselves from mosquito-borne diseases.

Sutter County Museum - 'Structures of Utility' Photographic Exhibit
May 19, 2005
Looking ahead to summer, June will bring a new traveling exhibit and an interesting program by its creator. Structures of Utility is a collection of intriguing black and white photographs by David Stark Wilson. The photographs represent buildings that are purely functional, yer visually interesting - grain elevators, tank houses, rice dryers, barns and other structures rooted in the land and its history. The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1st. The exhibit remains through August 7th.
May is Disaster Preparedness Month
May 16, 2005
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed May as Disaster Preparedness Month on April 21, 2005. The proclamation, along with an initiative by the First Lady, Maria Shriver, and the State Office of Emergency Services reminds all Californians to be aware and prepare for disasters.

For Sutter County, we have updated our Emergency Services’ home page to include these and other preparedness ideas. Visit our Web page to see current weather reported by the National Weather Services for Sutter County Communities. Checklists and information are available to help you prepare for an emergency. Additionally, we have provided information on West Nile Virus and the upcoming Fire Season. A site for children has been added (FEMA for Kids) to help them understand disaster preparedness.