West Nile-positive mosquitos discovered in San Jose
Officials urge public to use insect repellent
By Jason Bennert, Bay City News Service
June 28, 2006
SAN JOSE (BCN) - Two infected birds and a number of mosquitoes
infected with the West Nile Virus have been found in west San
Jose in the past week, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District
The birds and mosquitoes were found in the area around Prospect
Road and Johnson Avenue. This is the first instance of West Nile-positive
mosquitoes found in the county this year and officials are preparing
to spray the area if more are discovered.
"Although there have not been any human or horse cases reported
in Santa Clara County this year, the detection of positive mosquitoes
elevates the concern that human cases of West Nile Virus may occur
in this area,''
Vector Control District Manager Tim Mulligan said. "Five
West Nile Virus human cases have already been reported in the
U.S. this year with California's first . . . human case, from
Kern County, reported late last week.''
Officials want to remind the public to take precautions, and
use insect repellant, over the July 4th holiday to ward off mosquito
bites. Dead birds should also be reported.
"We would like to remind all residents to please call the
state's Dead Bird Hotline . . . 877-968-2473 if they find a dead
bird,'' district spokeswoman Kriss Costa said. "Dead bird
reports continue to play an important role in pinpointing locations
where West Nile Virus may occur in our community.''
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