October typically marks the end of the West Nile virus season. The California state West Nile virus hotline closed live operator service on October 13, 2023. However, residents can continue to report dead birds online at westnile.ca.gov. District staff will collect and test suitable birds through the winter months. For information about West Nile virus throughout the state, please visit: https://westnile.ca.gov/
San Mateo County
In 2023, no mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile virus in San Mateo County. No sentinel chickens tested positive for West Nile virus. For information about West Nile virus in humans and horses, visit: https://westnile.ca.gov/ or www.cdfa.ca.gov/AHFSS/Animal_Health/Wnv_Info.html
In 2023, a total of 14 dead birds tested positive for West Nile virus in San Mateo County. Positive birds were found in Belmont (1), Burlingame (1), Foster City (1), Redwood City (1 in Redwood City; 3 in Redwood Shores area; 2 on the border of Redwood City and North Fair Oaks), San Carlos (1), and Menlo Park (4). Additional mosquito trapping and testing done in areas where dead birds were found did not found any positive mosquitoes.
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Page last reviewed: December 1, 2023