Jr. Zebras warned of West Nile Virus at McBean Park

By: Patty McAlpin/The News Messenger reporter
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Practice resumed with caution at McBean Park this week after parents of Lincoln Jr. Zebras football players and cheerleaders were informed in a newsletter Aug. 24 there had been a confirmed case of West Nile Virus. The football players and cheerleaders practice from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday at McBean Park. Parent volunteer cheer coordinator Donna Buss confirmed she received the newsletter about important health information. “I passed the information to my coaches, who passed that along to parents,” Buss said. “We asked that all our parents spray their kids with bug spray prior to practice and most of the coaches have brought along bug spray to practice to spray whoever didn’t do it prior. My parents are handling it fine so far. I’ll just be reminding everyone about spraying and hope for the best.” The Lincoln Youth Football Cheer newsletter stated, “Due to the fact that we practice at dusk (the mosquitoes active periods are dawn to dusk), we are suggesting that our families make sure and spray your children (as well as yourselves) with an insect repellent before practice.” Lincoln Youth Football Cheer directed families with questions about West Nile Virus to the Center for Disease Control’s website at “I have not heard, but we are usually the last agency to get notified. We have a collaborative relationship with Placer County Public Health,” Placer County Mosquito and Vector Control District Public Information Officer Ada Barros said Aug. 27. Barros said the two agencies share information if either hears of a case. Placer County Public Health microbiologist Chris Rhodes said Aug. 27 her department does not have word yet of a confirmed West Nile Virus case in Lincoln. Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said Aug. 27 he has no records of any student in the district contracting West Nile Virus. See the News Messenger Thursday for a full report.