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Participating in Silver Dragon VII

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.

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No West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Collected in Menlo Park
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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 tested negative.

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Dead Bird is First Indication of West Nile Virus in San Mateo County in 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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 25th, 2015.

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Finding the Latest Information on West Nile Virus

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 your county?

Looking for the phone number for the West Nile Virus Dead Bird Hotline?

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 California.

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From California Department of Public Health: California Sets Record for West Nile Virus Activity
April 8, 2015

According to a news release from California Department of Public Health, 2014 was a record-breaking year for West Nile Virus in California.

Read the full press release below.

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West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week

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 here.

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Mosquito Development Sources Treated in February 2015

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 larger view.

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 program here.

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Job Opportunity: West Nile Virus Hotline Operator

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.

Vector Control Technician Ryan Thorndike staffs a table at Woodside/Portola Valley Earth Fair.
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Woodside/Portola Valley Earth Fair 2015

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.

District laboratory staff test a hawk for West Nile virus.
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Testing for West Nile Virus at the Peninsula Humane Society Wildlife Care Center

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.

Field Operations Supervisor Casey Stevenson trains staff from Santa Cruz Vector Control on driving the air boat.
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Sharing Our Knowledge

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 with colleagues.

A member of the laboratory staff completes rodent-proofing on one of three District chicken coops.
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Preparing for Thirty New Employees

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!

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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Welcomes a New Manager

Today the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District staff welcomed a new District Manager, Dr. Chindi Peavey.

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.

For more information about Dr. Peavey, check out her staff profile.

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Preventing Invasive Aedes aegypti in San Mateo County
Free Container Pickup for Residents

Got containers? We can help!

Removing containers that hold standing water from residents’ property is the most important way to prevent invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes from becoming established in San Mateo County.

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Welcome to the new SMCMVCD.org!

Notice something different?

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.

We hope you enjoy the new website.

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