Mosquitoes Tested Positive For West Nile In San Jose

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – A Santa Clara County neighborhood is preparing for a mosquito fogging treatment next week after adult mosquitoes in the area tested positive for West Nile virus.

This will mark the second ground spraying treatment of the summer. The fogging will take place for several hours late Tuesday night starting at 11 p.m. in an area bordered by Hillsdale Avenue, Glenmont Drive, Monterey Road and Highway 85.

KCBS’ Betsy Gebhart Reports:

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District said there is a connection between neglected swimming pools and the spread of the virus.

Russ Parman, the Acting District Manager with the Vector Control District, said in the last few years, the district’s aerial photos revealed more than 4,000 green, algae-filled pools countywide, a possible symptom of the economy.

“People were either in the process of leaving the property or they are financially burdened,” Parman said. “They are cutting back on the chemicals in the circulation of those pools. It’s just a rough time.”

Parman said finding and treating those pools has helped account for the fact that there have been no human West Nile virus infections since 2008.

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