(Excerpts from Press Release)
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The California State Legislature has declared the week of April 22nd as “West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week” in California. This week, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District (the District) announces the beginning of its expanded seasonal efforts to monitor mosquito breeding sources and West Nile virus (WNV) activity.
West Nile virus is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes that can result in debilitating cases of meningitis and encephalitis, and could lead to death in humans, horses and birds. Using a state-of-the-art system, the District will conduct an aerial survey of urban areas in South San Jose today. This operation will cover approximately 78 square miles and is designed to identify neglected swimming pools and other possible mosquito-breeding sources. The area to be surveyed is last season’s WNV hotspot, which persisted for six weeks and resulted in one severe but non-fatal human case.
This year, a large-scale effort is underway in Southern California to eradicate the Asian Tiger Mosquito, an invasive mosquito species and a major transmitter of Dengue fever and Chikungunya virus. The District is monitoring the situation and asking residents to report if they find ATM in Santa Clara County.