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June 12, 2018 > West Nile virus prompts mosquito abatement spraying

West Nile virus prompts mosquito abatement spraying

Submitted By Union City PD

Mosquitoes and birds infected with West Nile virus have been detected near Ponderosa Cove Park in Union City. In response, the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District planned to treat the area with an insecticide from 10 p.m. to midnight on Friday, June 8.

The Pyrenone 25-5 Public Health Insecticide registered by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California EPA for use in mosquito control is routinely used throughout the United States to control mosquitoes.

"The presence of multiple West Nile virus infected mosquitoes and birds in this area are a threat to the health of people living inÊnearby neighborhoods," said General manager Ryan Clausnitzer. "The district is dedicated to protecting the health of Alameda County residents and based on our assessment of infected mosquitoes and from the public's assistance in locating infected birds by calling the dead bird hotline, we feel that action is needed to reduce the presence of adult mosquitoes in this area."

To date in Alameda County, two West Nile virus positive dead birds and two groups of positive mosquitoes have been detected. No human cases have been reported. Anyone who comes across a dead bird is asked to report it by calling (877) 967-2473 or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.

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