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August 27, 2013 > West Nile Virus mosquitoes found in Milpitas

West Nile Virus mosquitoes found in Milpitas

Submitted By SCCVCD

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District (SCCVCD) confirmed on August 16 that adult mosquitoes collected from the 95035 ZIP code areas of the city of Milpitas tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The detection of mosquitoes infected with WNV has prompted mosquito fogging treatment in the surrounding area, in an effort to prevent human cases of WNV.

Acting District Manager Russ Parman notes that "We've recently confirmed the first WNV human case in the county for this year. This, along with the high levels of virus activity that we are observing, tells us that residents should continue to avoid mosquito bites and remove standing water from around the home."
Some practical measures against mosquito bites are:

At home:
* DRAIN or DUMP standing water weekly since this is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Check items such as flowerpots and planter bases, toys, cans, leaky water faucets and sprinklers, rain gutters, buckets, pools, ponds, and old tires.
* Make sure your DOORS and windows have tight-fitting screens.

Outdoors:
* Limit outdoor activities during DUSK & DAWN to prevent mosquito bites. Those are the times when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active.

If you need to go outside at dusk or dawn, or when in an area where mosquitoes are active:
* DRESS in long sleeve shirts and long pants, preferably of light colors.
* Apply insect repellent following label instructions.

Always contact the Vector Control District if you are being bothered by mosquitoes or know of a potential mosquito-breeding source.

Dead birds may indicate the presence of WNV. The District has recently completed its new laboratory, which allows in-house testing for WNV and other vector-borne diseases throughout the year. The District asks Santa Clara County residents to report crows, jays, or birds of prey that have been dead for less than 48 hours and do not appear to have died because of an injury. People who find those birds should call the State of California WNV hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD (2473) or at westnile.ca.gov.

For free assistance on mosquito control, WNV, or other vectors, residents can contact the District office by calling (408) 918-4770 or fill out a service request online at sccVector.org.

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