On April 17th, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control
District, along with San Mateo County Public Health and other
local agencies, participated in the Silver Dragon VII
Emergency Drill, a test of local agencies’ readiness to respond
to a large-scale health emergency.
No West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Collected in Menlo Park
Burlingame, CA – April 24, 2015
Following the detection of West Nile virus on April 20th in a
dead American crow collected from Menlo Park, San Mateo County
Mosquito and Vector Control District has conducted additional
targeted disease surveillance. Mosquitoes were collected from the
surrounding area and tested for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes
Dead Bird is First Indication of West Nile Virus in San Mateo
County in 2015
Burlingame, CA – April 21, 2015
A dead bird collected from Menlo Park on April 20, 2015 has
tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first
indication of WNV in San Mateo County in 2015. These results
arrive, coincidentally, at the beginning of West Nile Virus and
Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week, April 19th through
Wondering how many dead birds have tested positive for West Nile
virus so far this year?
Need to know if there have been any cases of West Nile virus in
Looking for the phone number for the West Nile Virus Dead Bird
You can find all that information at www.westnile.ca.gov. The California
Department of Public Health maintains this website year-round to
provide all the latest information on West Nile Virus in
The Assembly of the State of California has declared April
19th through 25th as West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector
Control Awareness Week. To read the full text of of Concurrent
Resolution ACR-51, click
Ever wonder what our Vector Control Technicians do all day?
Here’s a detailed breakdown of the type of mosquito development
sources they treated in February 2015. Click the graphic for a
Treating mosquito development sources is a big part of our
integrated pest management (IPM) program, and the best way to
control mosquito populations before they become a health threat.
You can learn more about our IPM
UC Davis is hiring West Nile Virus Hotline operators.
The California West Nile Virus Hotline opens on April 15th, and
operators are needed to provide information about West Nile virus
and coordinate the submission of dead birds and squirrels for
disease testing. This position will be based in Richmond, CA
at the California Department of Public Health campus.
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
According to the Centers for Disease Control, an increase in
vector-borne disease is one of many anticipated human health
effects of climate change.
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.
Mosquito and vector control work is full of challenges, ranging
from invasive mosquito species to new technology. One way
districts deal with these challenges is by sharing information
Today District staff prepared work space for our thirty newest
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!
Today the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control
District staff welcomed a new District Manager, Dr. Chindi
Dr. Peavey, former Laboratory Director, returns to the District
after serving as District Manager at Alameda County Mosquito
Abatement. She has more than 20 years of experience in vector
control, and will be an invaluable addition to the staff.
That’s right, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control
District website has a new look! Changes include an online
service request form, email alert sign-up, and special sections
for employees and trustees.