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Tick Season Begins in San Mateo County
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Tick Season Begins in San Mateo County

Burlingame, CA – 19 November 2015

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From California Department of Public Health: State Public Health Officer Warns of Invasive Mosquitoes Detected in California
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Sacramento, CA – Oct. 14, 2015

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is warning Californians to protect themselves from two invasive mosquito species recently found in California. Both species can transmit infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. This warning comes as two more counties are added to the list of counties where Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (the Asian tiger mosquito) have been detected.

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Mosquitoes Collected from Menlo Park Post-Treatment Test Negative for West Nile Virus
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Mosquitoes Collected from Menlo Park Post-Treatment Test Negative for West Nile Virus

Burlingame, CA – 9 September 2015

Mosquito samples collected from Menlo Park following San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s adult mosquito control treatment last Wednesday night, Sept. 2nd, have tested negative for West Nile virus. The treatment achieved an 81% reduction in adult mosquitoes in the area.

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From California Department of Public Health: California Department of Public Health and Yosemite National Park Take Preventive Measures in Plague Investigation
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Sacramento, CA – Aug. 14, 2015

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that the department, working closely with Yosemite National Park, successfully reduced the risk of plague transmission at Crane Flat Campground in Yosemite. The campground, which had been closed for four nights to allow for rodent burrows to be treated for fleas, is reopening today. The treatment controlled potentially plague-infected fleas which could spread the disease to humans and other warm-blooded hosts. 

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Mosquitoes Collected from Redwood City Post-Treatment Test Negative for West Nile Virus
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Mosquitoes Collected from Redwood City Post-Treatment Test Negative for West Nile Virus

Burlingame, CA – 10 August 2015

Mosquito samples collected from Redwood City following San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s adult mosquito control treatment last Wednesday night, Aug. 5th, have tested negative for West Nile virus.

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Mosquitoes Collected from Menlo Park Post-Treatment Test Negative for West Nile Virus
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Mosquitoes Collected from Menlo Park Post-Treatment Test Negative for West Nile Virus

Burlingame, CA – 6 August 2015

Mosquito samples collected from Menlo Park following San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s adult mosquito control treatment last Sunday night, Aug. 2nd, have tested negative for West Nile virus. The treatment achieved a 93% reduction in adult mosquitoes in the area.

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Adult Mosquito Control Treatment Scheduled for Night of Aug. 2 in Menlo Park
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Adult Mosquito Treatment in Areas of Menlo Park Scheduled for Night of Aug. 2nd

Burlingame, CA – 30 July 2015

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) detected West Nile Virus (WNV) in adult mosquitoes collected on July 29th, 2015 from the 94025 ZIP code area. The District will conduct truck-mounted adult mosquito treatment around the detection site in an effort to prevent human cases of WNV. Weather permitting, the adult mosquito treatment is scheduled for the night of Sunday, Aug. 2nd between 9pm and 5am Monday morning.

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From California Department of Public Health: CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2015
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Sacramento, CA – July 20, 2015

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased person was a senior citizen in Nevada County.

“This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be,” said Dr. Smith. “West Nile virus activity is more widespread in 2015 than in years past. Californians need to be vigilant in protecting themselves.”

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From California Department of Public Health: West Nile Virus Activity Increases Throughout California
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Sacramento, CA – July 8, 2015

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced that the level of West Nile virus (WNV) activity is on the rise throughout the state.

“While there have been no human cases of West Nile virus reported so far this year, it is only a matter of time before we see the first case,” Dr. Smith said. “As people go outdoors to enjoy the warm weather we’ve been experiencing, we’d like them to be safe and know how to protect themselves against West Nile virus.”

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No West Nile Virus Found in Mosquitoes Collected in Menlo Park
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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
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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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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Hires New District Manager

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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Hires New District Manager

Burlingame, CA – February 23, 2015

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Invasive Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Present in San Mateo County

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Invasive Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes Present in San Mateo County

Burlingame, CA – February 19, 2015

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District continues to detect invasive Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in San Mateo County. This species was most recently found on January 27th, 2015 in areas of Menlo Park.

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