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From California Department of Public Health: End of Summer Travelers Urged to Take Precautions to Prevent Zika
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Sacramento, CA – August 19th, 2016

Travelers coming back from the Olympic Games in Rio and other vacation spots where the Zika virus is spreading are urged to take precautions upon return to help prevent the spread of the virus in California. While the virus is primarily transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, it can also pass from one person to another during sex.

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Tips for Taking Detailed Mosquito Photos

Since we started reaching out to the public about reporting suspected invasive Aedes mosquito sightings, we’ve gotten a lot of mosquito photos in our email! That’s great, but mosquitoes are pretty small and they can be hard to identify in photos.

A Culiseta mosquito photographed using an iPhone 5.

Fortunately our friends at iNaturalist have been dealing with this problem for a while, and they have some tips for taking detailed mosquito photos with an iPhone: 

1. put the mosquito on a white background, like a blank sheet of paper

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August 2016 District Report

In this month’s District Report: 2016 West Nile Virus Update.

Click here to read the August 2016 District Report.

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Mosquitoes Collected from San Mateo and Foster City after Control Treatment Test Negative for West Nile Virus
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burlingame, CA – 17 August 2016

On Sunday night, Aug. 14th, in response to the discovery of adult mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District conducted an adult mosquito control treatment in the Marina Lagoon area of San Mateo and Foster City. Since this treatment, there has been an 87% reduction in adult mosquitoes in this area, and no further mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus.

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Adult Mosquito Control Treatment Scheduled the Night of Sunday, August 14th in Areas of San Mateo and Foster City
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Burlingame, CA – 12 August 2016

On August 12th San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected West Nile Virus (WNV) in adult mosquitoes collected from the Marina Lagoon area of San Mateo. These mosquitoes were collected by the District laboratory staff during disease surveillance.

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No West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Collected from Atherton This Week
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burlingame, CA – 10 August 2016

Mosquito samples collected from Atherton following San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s adult mosquito control treatment on Thursday, Aug. 4th, have tested negative for West Nile virus.

“Although we didn’t find infected adult mosquitoes this week, residents are encouraged to continue to take basic precautions against mosquito bites,” said the District’s Public Health Education and Outreach Officer, Megan Caldwell.

Residents should:

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From California Department of Public Health: CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sacramento, CA – August 5th, 2016

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased person was a senior citizen in Sacramento County.

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From California Department of Public Health: CDPH Reports Two Cases of Zika-Related Birth Defects in California
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Sacramento, CA – August 4th, 2016

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported today that two infants with Zika-related microcephaly have been born in California to women who had Zika virus infections during pregnancy after spending time in a country where the virus is endemic. While mosquitoes that can carry the virus have been found in 12 California counties, there is no evidence these mosquitoes are transmitting Zika in the state at this time.

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