A group of mosquitoes and several dead birds found throughout Contra Costa County have tested positive for the West Nile virus in recent weeks, Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control District officials said Tuesday.
The discovery of several mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in the South Bay is prompting officials to once again spray for the insect.
As dangerous Yellow Fever Mosquito spreads in the Bay Area, look for white markings, and brown color to identify these smaller insects.
The woman, who was hospitalized for a short time, is now recovering at home, Santa Clara County Valley Health and Hospital System spokeswoman Joy Alexiou said.
There have been 19 cases of West Nile virus in the state this year, including Santa Clara and Contra Costa counties. The San Francisco Health Department is now asking the public’s help in preventing the spread of mosquitoes that may carry the virus. Nader Shatara, the head of Vector Control for the San Francisco Health Department, said residents should beware of standing water where mosquitoes breed.
A Santa Clara County neighborhood will get a fogging treatment early next week following the findings.
Insecticides were sprayed overnight Thursday in parts of Santa Clara and Sunnyvale in an effort to kill adult mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus.
Mosquitoes could be out for blood earlier than usual this year because of the recent warm weather, and that has vector control officials in Silicon Valley scheduling a helicopter spraying of a prime breeding ground for Friday morning.
Local scientists discovered mosquitoes in Antioch and a dead bird in Oakley that tested positive for the West Nile virus, the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Tuesday.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KCBS) _ The cloudy, chilly summer weather has a lot of people down and in a foul mood.