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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Hires New District Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA

Sept. 14th, 2020

In August, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the selection of Brian Weber as the new District Manager. Weber will take over for Dr. Chindi Peavey, who is retiring after five years as District Manager, on October 1st.

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Honored for Financial Transparency
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA

August 5th, 2020

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association after submitting its Fiscal Year 2018/2019 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (available at https://www.smcmvcd.org/cafr) for review. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program.

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California Mosquito and Vector Awareness Week Serves to Remind Residents of a Different Threat to Public Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Apr. 20th, 2020

While your mind is likely on a different virus right now, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District, along with the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) and mosquito and vector control districts across the state, are observing California Mosquito and Vector Awareness Week this week. While they do NOT transmit COVID-19, mosquitoes do transmit other diseases, including West Nile virus.

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Takes Steps to Protect Staff and Public from COVID-19
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Mar. 18th, 2020

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District is taking proactive measures to protect its staff and residents by taking action to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Honored for Financial Transparency
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA

Oct. 3rd, 2019

Earlier this month, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association after submitting its Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (available at https://www.smcmvcd.org/2018cafr) for review. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program.

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California Department of Public Health: Increasing West Nile Virus Activity in California
Californians Urged to Protect Against Mosquito Bites

Sacramento, CA – Sept. 10th, 2017

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to protect themselves from mosquito bites during West Nile virus (WNV) season, which extends from now through early fall.

“West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so it is important to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said State Public Health Officer and CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith.

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Recognized as “District of Distinction” for Second Time
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA

May 30, 2019

Earlier this month, San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District was awarded the District of Distinction accreditation by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for the second time. The District was first designated the two-year District of Distinction accreditation in 2017 in recognition of its sound fiscal management policies and practices in district operations; they also were awarded the Special Districts Leadership Foundation’s Transparency Certificate of Excellence in 2017.

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San Mateo County Residents Reminded of Risk of Tick-Borne Illness
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA – 13 December 2018

Officials at San Mateo Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) remind residents that winter is the season for the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus). This tick is the primary vector for Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in San Mateo County. “Most people think of mountain lions and coyotes as the major risks when enjoying outdoor activites.  We’d like to remind people that some real threats come in much smaller packages,” said Laboratory Director Angie Nakano.

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California Department of Public Health: CDPH Confirms First Two Human West Nile Virus Deaths of 2018

Sacramento, CA – Sept. 10th, 2017

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today two confirmed deaths in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased persons were residents of Glenn county and Yuba  county.

“We are still in a peak period of West Nile virus transmission in the state so we urge everyone to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith.

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Post-Treatment Disease Surveillance Finds No West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes Trapped in East Palo Alto

The District laboratory has found no further sign of West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped in areas of East Palo Alto after this week’s adult mosquito control treatment.

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Adult Mosquito Control Treatment Scheduled for the Night of Sunday, August 12th in Areas of East Palo Alto
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Burlingame, CA – 9 August 2018

On August 9th San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected West Nile Virus (WNV) in adult mosquitoes collected from East Palo Alto. These mosquitoes were collected by the District laboratory staff during disease surveillance.

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Mosquito Threats on the Rise and Californians are Nurturing the Threat
From the Mosquito & Vector Control Association of California

Mosquito Threats on the Rise and Californians are Nurturing the Threat

Mosquito Awareness Week educates California residents on preventing mosquito-borne viruses

SACRAMENTO, APRIL 13, 2018 – There has been a steep rise in detections of invasive mosquito species in California, according to the California Department of Public Health, which increases the risk of local transmission of imported diseases.

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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Celebrates Mosquito Awareness Week with Open House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA – 10 April 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District will hold an open house at its office at 1351 Rollins Rd. in Burlingame from 4pm until 7pm to celebrate Mosquito Awareness Week. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the laboratory, as well as participate in a variety of demonstrations, exhibits, and activities. No RSVP is required for this event.

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Board of Trustees Elects New Officers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA – 20 February 2018

During their regularly scheduled meeting in January, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Board of Trustees held elections for the positions of President of the Board, Vice-President of the Board, Board Secretary, and Assistant Board Secretary. The trustees elected to these positions took office on Feb. 14th, and will serve for two years.

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San Mateo County Residents Reminded of Tick-Borne Illness Risk
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA – 4 December 2017

Officials at San Mateo Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) remind residents that winter is the season for the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus), also known as the deer tick. This tick is the primary vector for Lyme disease and other common tick-borne illnesses.

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California Department of Public Health: CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Deaths of 2017

Sacramento, CA – Sept. 1st, 2017

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today three confirmed deaths in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased persons were residents of Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. CDPH is unable to provide additional patient details including demographic information and name of hospital providing care to protect confidentiality. 

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Recognized by 2016-2017 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury for Transparent Governance
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA – 31 July 2017

The 2016-17 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury recently released a report titled ‘Can We See You Now? San Mateo County’s Independent Special Districts Website Transparency Update’ discussing San Mateo County special districts’ progress toward achieving the transparency standards set forth by the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) and the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF).

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From California Department of Public Health: CDPH Urges Caution on How to Avoid Hantavirus following Diagnosis in Northern California Man

Sacramento, CA – July 25th, 2017

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reminds individuals to take precautions when entering cabins, trailers and other buildings that may be infested with rodents after the recent diagnosis of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in a Northern California man.

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From California Department of Public Health: Californians Urged to Remove Standing Water to Reduce Mosquitoes
Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Sites Can Help Prevent Zika, West Nile

Sacramento, CA – May 15th, 2017

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all Californians to eliminate standing water around their homes and businesses to help reduce mosquito populations in an effort to prevent Zika and West Nile virus infections.

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