• Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

West Nile virus spraying scheduled for Thursday in parts of Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale | New

ByRandall B. Phelps

Sep 21, 2022

A female Aedes albopictus mosquito also known as the (Asian) tiger mosquito or forest mosquito feeds, August 21, 2003. Courtesy James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control via Bay City News.

Crews will spray insecticides later this week in areas of Mountain View, Los Altos Hills and Sunnyvale where West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes have been found, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District announced Tuesday.

Spraying in zip codes 94024, 94040 and 94087 will begin around 10 p.m. Thursday and end a few hours later after the last discovery of the infected mosquitoes.

The Vector Control District will be carrying out truck-mounted spraying of an ultra-low-volume insecticide that it says poses minimal risk to people and animals, although those wishing to take extra precautions are encouraged to keep their windows and doors closed and pets indoors during treatment. time.

According to the district, more than 7,000 people across California have contracted the virus since it arrived in the state in 2003, and nearly 400 of those cases have been fatal, although West Nile virus infection does not often causes no symptoms in humans.

Residents in the affected area are notified through the county’s AlertSCC program and to those who subscribe to Nextdoor neighborhood networks, as well as various social media platforms. A map of the affected area is available at arcg.is/1u0vfv.