West Nile virus is still the main concern in the South Bay, but the growing Zika virus threat has officials concerned.READ MORE: 2 Men Suspected Of Setting Massive Caldor Fire Under Arrest
The mosquito fish being used in the effort against Zika virus-carrying mosquitoes are small, but they have a big appetite for bugs.
“One of those little fish will eat hundreds of mosquito larvae and pupae in a day,” Denise Bonilla, a Manager with the Santa Clara County Vector Control District told KCBS.READ MORE: Instagram Head Faces Sharp Questions From Senators Amid Anger Over Possible Harm To Young Users
The district is in constant battle with insects, and the diseases they carry.
“We constantly have people coming into the county, who have been traveling; who have infections of Zika, and dengue, and we want to make sure that the mosquito that actually transmits those, and the people who are infected don’t get near each other, ” Bonilla said.MORE NEWS: Sunnyvale Extends Downtown Outdoor Dining Program Into Late 2022
The Aedes Aegypti mosquito that can carry Zika was found in San Mateo County in 2013. So far, the mosquitoes have not been found in Santa Clara County.