Mosquito Treatment Planned After West Nile Virus Found

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August 10, 2018 7:58 am Published by

EAST PALO ALTO (BCN)

Crews will treat an area of East Palo Alto for mosquitoes after West Nile virus was detected Thursday in that area, officials with the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District said.

Then treatment will take place between 9 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, weather permitting.

The area to be treated consists of all or parts of Pulgas Gardens, Palo Mobile Estates and the Weeks Gateway neighborhoods.

Vector Control officials said the treatment area is bounded approximately by Beech Street to the north, Clarke Avenue to the west, East Bayshore Road to the south and San Francisquito Creek Trail to the east.

A map of the treatment area can be found on the vector control district’s website at www.smcmvcd.org. Residents with questions can call the district at (650) 344-8592.

“An adult mosquito infected with West Nile virus can pass it on to any person it bites, so we want to make sure we act quickly,” Megan Sebay, the district’s public health education and outreach officer, said in a statement.

Sebay encourages residents to take precautions to avoid getting bit.

Residents can reduce their risk by applying insect repellents containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 and following the instructions on the label.

Residents can also reduce their risk by ensuring doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, eliminating standing water and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.

Mosquitoes will be collected after the treatment and more treatments may be done if the mosquitoes have the virus.

The virus cannot be spread from person to person.

Dead birds are an early indication that the virus is in the area. Residents are encouraged to report dead birds or tree squirrels to the West Nile virus hotline at www.westnile.ca.gov or at (877) 968-2473.

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