On Saturday, March 28th, Vector Control Technicians Stephanie Busam and Ryan Thorndike educated visitors about the link between climate change and vector-borne disease at the 2015 Woodside/Portola Valley Earth Fair. Displays included insect specimens, live adult mosquitoes, and mosquito larvae.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an increase in vector-borne disease is one of many anticipated human health effects of climate change.
Today District staff prepared work space for our thirty newest staff members.
These employees don’t sit at desks or use computers. In fact, they don’t come to the office at all – they spend their time in specially constructed chicken coops in locations around San Mateo County, where they work hard 24 hours per day to protect residents from disease.
That’s right, our thirty new employees are chickens!
You might already know that the District collects and tests dead birds for West Nile virus, but did you know we sometimes test live birds, too?
This red-tailed hawk was brought to the Peninsula Humane Society Wildlife Care Center with neurological symptoms. District staff were asked to come test the hawk for West Nile virus. While Peninsula Humane Society staff held the hawk, District laboratory staff conducted a quick throat swab.
Invasive Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Present in San Mateo County
Burlingame, CA – February 19, 2015
San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to detect invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in San Mateo County. This species was most recently found on January 27th, 2015 in areas of Menlo Park.