The District has been awarded a grant to assist in surveillance of invasive Aedes mosquito surveillance. The grant funding comes from the Center for Disease Control and is administered by the nonprofit corporation Public Health Foundation Enterprises on behalf of the California Department of Public Health. The District plans to use the funds to greatly expand our efforts to detect and control invasive mosquito species.
A seasonal employee dedicated to invasive Aedes surveillance will greatly help the District in our efforts to detect any Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that are introduced to San Mateo County. We plan to expand the ovicup trap (cups of water that collect mosquito eggs on water), and Autocidal Gravid Oviposition (AGO) traps that we deploy in Menlo Park, around the area of our previous Aedes aegypt infestation and continue surveillance around imported disease cases, that was present from 2013-2015.
The District is very pleased to receive this grant, as it will allow us to better protect the public health of our residents through early detection of invasive Aedes mosquitoes. These invaders pose a grave public health threat because of their ability to vector diseases including Zika virus, chikungunya, dengue and yellow fever. By finding these mosquitoes before the population becomes abundant and widely established, we have the best chance of success of eradicating them from our county.