Author: Sarah Austin

News Brief 9.22.21

Send dead protected birds to CDFW for study at no cost to you; Public comment period for Oxitec CA project is open; MVCAC Trustee Training; Dermacentor variabilis larva available for your reference collection; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC 2022 Annual Meeting; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21;…

OC Reports First Human Case Of West Nile Virus For 2021

From CBS Los Angeles September 23, 2021 SANTA ANA (CBSLA) – The Orange County Health Care Agency Wednesday confirmed its first human case of the year of West Nile Virus. The Buena Park woman who contracted the virus was hospitalized earlier this month with neuroinvasive disease, but survived and is now recovering, the O.C. Health Care…

‘Ankle Biter’ Mosquito Population On The Rise In Orange County

From CBS Los Angeles September 23, 2021 ALISO VIEJO (CBSLA) – The aedes mosquito, more commonly referred to as the “ankle biter,” has officially landed in all 34 Orange County cities. “Me, I count…I see one, two, three, four, five, six just on this side and there are a whole bunch more under my sock,” said…

Vector Control Technician I, West Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District

Description: This is an entry level, full-time position in vector control.  The Vector Control Technician I performs routine vector control operations and is responsible for organizing and completing his/her assignments. Submission Deadline: November 1, 2021 Please click here for more information.

Mosquito borne encephalitis virus found in Stanislaus County

From the Ceres Courier September 22, 2021 A mosquito sample collected in Stanislaus County has tested positive for St. Louis Encephalitis virus, according to the area’s two mosquito abatement districts. Like West Nile Virus, most people who become infected with SLEV will never feel sick. Most people who do feel sick will have mild flu-like…

Even California Has a Mosquito Problem

From the New York Times September 22, 2021 When I moved to Los Angeles years ago, I was told by native Angeleno friends that the city without humidity also definitely did not have mosquitoes. What is that whizzing sound then? The welts on my ankles? My favorite cafe has taken to selling bottles of insect…

West Nile virus detected in mosquitoes and sentinel chickens in Lake County

From the Lake County News September 22, 2021 LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lake County Vector Control District said West Nile virus has been detected in two more mosquito samples and also in sentinel chickens in Lake County. The sentinel chickens were in a flock near Upper Lake. The mosquitoes, all Culex tarsalis — the…

L.A. County could see more mosquitoes with hotter, longer summers

From KTLA September 20, 2021 While many people might think mosquitoes are not a big deal in Southern California, where it’s not so humid, they should think again. Public health officials say that the number of mosquito bites in the Los Angeles area has risen in recent years. And the hotter summers of the past…

L.A. County confirms its first West Nile virus-related death of 2021

From the Los Angeles Times September 19, 2021 Los Angeles County health officials have reported the county’s first death this year due to West Nile virus. The patient, a resident of the eastern region of the county, was hospitalized and died from a neuro-invasive disease associated with the virus, officials announced Friday. No further information…

Fresno County reports California’s first case in 2021 of this mosquito-borne illness

From the Fresno Bee September 17, 2021 California’s first positive case of St. Louis encephalitis in 2021 has been reported and it’s in Fresno County. The mosquito-borne illness, in rare and extreme cases, can cause inflammation of the brain, according to the Fresno County Department of Public Health. A mosquito becomes infected and can pass…

News Brief 9.15.21

Meritorious Service Award, Honorary Member Award and Service with Distinction Award Nominations Deadline Extended; AB 1788 (Bloom) Clarification; Public comment period for Oxitec CA project is open; MVCAC Trustee Training; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC 2022 Annual Meeting; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21; 2020 MVCAC…

Appreciating Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District’s efforts

From Gold Country Media September 16, 2021 We’re lucky to have the expertise and efficiency shown year round by the Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District. Although we often see the district’s trucks and employees in our neighborhoods, the district does not receive much public recognition for its success in eradicating invasive mosquito species from…

Virus causing encephalitis found in Stanislaus County mosquito. Are humans at risk?

From the Modesto Bee September 15, 2021 The virus that causes St. Louis encephalitis was detected in a mosquito sample in Stanislaus County, health officials said Wednesday. The St. Louis virus is a relative of the West Nile virus, which gets attention in the Central Valley every year for causing a potentially deadly neurological illness…

West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes found in Palo Alto, Mountain View

From Palo Alto Online September 15, 2021 The Santa Clara County Vector Control District, which monitors the transmission of vector-borne diseases from insects, will be treating parts of Palo Alto and Mountain View with insecticide after recently detecting West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes in limited areas of the two cities. Weather permitting, the district will use…

7 groups of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Contra Costa this year

From KRON4 September 10, 2021 BRENTWOOD, Calif. (KRON) – Two more groups of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District. Both groups were collected in eastern Contra Costa County: Holland Tract and an agriculture area near Brentwood. There are now seven groups of mosquitoes and…

Mosquito Control Technician – Office Aide, Greater Los Angeles County VCD

Description: Under general supervision, the Mosquito Control Technician – Office Aide (MCT-OA) performs a variety of clerical and administrative duties for the District including but not limited to phone and customer service support, photocopying, and data entry; prepares a variety of documents and correspondence; data entry and performs related work as required. This position serves…

News Brief 9.8.21

Jennifer Henke Elected ESA Vice President Elect; Public comment period for Oxitec CA project is open; Meritorious Service Award, Honorary Member Award and Service with Distinction Award Nominations Now Open; MVCAC Trustee Training; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC 2022 Annual Meeting; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due…

First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Long Beach

From the California News Times September 7, 2021 The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) during this mosquito season was reported at Long Beach this week. The patient is in his 40s and has been diagnosed with a neuroinvasive disease and is currently recovering at home. “This is an important reminder to keep…

Dead bird tests positive for West Nile virus in Contra Costa

From KRON4 September 3, 2021 CONCORD, Calif. (KRON) – The first dead bird in 2021, in addition to more mosquitoes, have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District. A California scrub-jay was found in Brentwood and the mosquitoes were nearby in Discovery Bay. This year in…

5 horses in Central Valley test positive for West Nile virus; one dies

From Fox KTVU September 2, 2021 FRESNO, Calif. – The California Department of Food and Agriculture reported Wednesday that five horses in the Central Valley have tested positive for West Nile virus, leaving one horse dead.    According to the CDFA report, the horses carrying the virus were located in Fresno, Sacramento, Merced and Kings counties and…

Mosquito and Vector Control Specialist, Butte County MVCD

Description: During the warmer months of the year, under the general direction of the District Manager and Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Regional Supervisor, the Mosquito and Vector Control Specialist (MVCS) performs vector surveillance, performs vector control operations, and provides public education within the District’s service area. The MVCS is assigned a geographic…

News Brief 9.1.21

Public comment period for Oxitec CA project is open; Meritorious Service Award, Honorary Member Award and Service with Distinction Award Nominations Now Open; MVCAC Trustee Training; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC 2022 Annual Meeting; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21; 2020 MVCAC Proceedings On Sale!; Special…

Field Technician I, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the general direction of the Assistant Manager and direct supervision of the Field or Fisheries Supervisor, this position performs inspections and control operations or other related or specialized services in an assigned crew within the Control Operations department for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. The Field Technician I is the entry…

Laboratory Director, Sacramento-Yolo MVCD

Description: Under the direct supervision of the Assistant Manager and general direction of the Manager, this classification has full-scale leadership of laboratory functions and research projects, oversees laboratory staff and technical operations to ensure accurate and consistent surveillance and testing procedures, quality control, safety, and records maintenance for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District.…

West Nile virus widespread in Butte County

From the Chico Enterprise-Record August 31, 2021 CHICO — In Butte County, seven new pools of West Nile virus have been found while four sentinel chickens have tested positive for the virus. The West Nile virus has resulted in one death in Butte County so far this year. Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District…

Bird found in Simi Valley tests positive for West Nile virus

From the VC Star August 30, 2021 A bird collected in Simi Valley has become the first of 2021 to test positive for the West Nile virus in Ventura County, health officials said Monday. The Ventura County Environmental Health Division said the bird was collected in the city during the third week of August. The…

West Nile Virus Found in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale Mosquitos

From CBS SF Bay Area August 27, 2021 SANTA CLARA COUNTY (BCN) — Some adult mosquitos in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara have tested positive for the West Nile virus, following positive test results among mosquitos in Gilroy. Santa Clara County’s Vector Control District confirmed this week that West Nile virus-ridden mosquitos were found in portions…

News Brief 8.25.21

Meritorious Service Award, Honorary Member Award and Service with Distinction Award Nominations Now Open; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC 2022 Annual Meeting; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21; 2020 MVCAC Proceedings On Sale!; Special Collection: Genetic Control of Mosquitoes; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission…

Learn How to Eliminate Mosquitoes, Prevent Bites During Webinar for Local Residents Set for Thursday

From Pasadena Now August 25, 2021 The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (SGVMVCD) will teach local residents about mosquito prevention techniques, including choosing the right repellent through an online webinar this week. According to SGVMVCD communications director Levy Sun, the mosquito control district has decided to hold the “Bite Back Tour” webinar as the…

Positive Tests Confirm West Nile Virus Mosquitoes

From the Santa Clara County News August 24, 2021 Targeted treatment scheduled for Thursday, August 26 in limited area in Gilroy SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The County of Santa Clara Vector Control District has confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) positive tests in adult mosquitoes collected from portions of the 95020 ZIP code area that includes…

One human case confirmed of West Nile Virus in Merced County

From the Merced County Times August 22, 2021 Merced County Department of Public Health officials notified Merced County Mosquito Abatement District (District) that a male in his 60s contracted West Nile Virus (WNV) fever in the City of Merced. This is the first human case of WNV in the County this year. In addition to…

This California town is being attacked by ‘ninja mosquitoes’

From Fox 5 August 19, 2021 TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Residents who live in part of California’s Central Valley say they are hoping a slight increase in their property taxes will mean getting a break from an invasive species of mosquito. According to the Delta Mosquito Vector Control District, “Aedes aegypti” is an invasive species of…

AMCA Grassroots Award Nominations Deadline is Friday, August 20th, 2021

AMCA Awards recognize individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the Association, to medical entomology and public health, and to the development and implementation of mosquito control methods and/or equipment.   Please nominate your colleagues and peers who are deserving of recognition. Nominations and the required supporting documents (if applicable) must be received by August…

Human case of West Nile Virus found in Merced County

From Westside Connect August 19, 2021 The Merced County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in the county.  A man in his 60s contracted West Nile Virus fever in Merced. This is the first human case of WNV in the county this year.  In addition to the…

News Brief 8.18.21

Meritorious Service Award, Honorary Member Award and Service with Distinction Award Nominations Now Open; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC 2022 Annual Meeting; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21; 2020 MVCAC Proceedings On Sale!; Special Collection: Genetic Control of Mosquitoes; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission…

Invasive mosquitoes potentially carrying yellow fever, other diseases reach Sutter County

From the Sacramento Bee August 13, 2021 The invasive species of mosquitoes that were reported flying through California were spotted in Sutter County this week, public health officials announced. The Aedes aegypti, also called the “ankle biter,” were detected in the Yuba City area Wednesday, according to a news release from the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito and Vector Control…

News Brief 8.11.21

Nominating Committee Report; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC 2022 Annual Meeting; July Board Meeting Minutes Now Available; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21; 2020 MVCAC Proceedings On Sale!; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Share Your Post…

Orange County Finds First Batch of West Nile Virus-Infected Mosquitoes This Year

From NBC Los Angeles August 8, 2021 The first batch of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in Orange County this year have been found in Fullerton, officials said Friday. The samples were taken on Tuesday and the test results came back positive Thursday evening, said Heather Hyland, public information officer of the Orange County…

First Human West Nile Virus Infection Confirmed In County

From the Oakdale Leader August 6, 2021 Stanislaus County Public Health has confirmed the first human West Nile virus (WNV) infection in the county. An adult female was diagnosed with West Nile fever (non-neuroinvasive disease). The first pools of mosquitoes in the county tested positive for West Nile virus on June 11, 2021. West Nile…

Invasive species of mosquito that transmits several diseases spotted in Ventura County

From ABC7 August 5, 2021 Health officials in Ventura County have detected an invasive mosquito capable of transmitting several viruses, like yellow fever and Zika. There is no confirmed transmission of the diseases in our state but experts say you still want to avoid being bitten. Since September of last year, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes have…

‘Ankle biter’ mosquito breeding on the rise throughout Southern California

From ABC7 August 5, 2021 GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (KABC) — The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District is seeing a greater number of “ankle biter” mosquitoes this summer. Lora Young, the director of communications for OCMVCD, said these pesky pests are mostly noticeable because they’re the ones causing pain throughout Southern California. “Especially with…

News Brief 8.4.21

Updates to MVCAC Member Resources Page; Nominating Committee Report; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21; 2020 MVCAC Proceedings On Sale!; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With…

MOSQUITOES INFECTED WITH WEST NILE VIRUS DISCOVERED IN LA QUINTA

From NBC Palm Springs August 5, 2021 Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were discovered in La Quinta, officials announced Thursday. The infected mosquitoes were collected from traps near Avenue 52 and Jefferson Street, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. “It’s not worth the risk. It only takes one bite from…

Mosquito Control Technician – Maintenance Aide, Greater Los Angeles County VCD

Description: Under general supervision, the Mosquito Control Technician – Maintenance Aide (MCT-MA) assists department staff with repairs and performs maintenance of District vehicles, buildings, and routine maintenance of facility. This assignment will be based at the Santa Fe Springs office but may require occasional travel throughout the District’s jurisdiction, including reporting to the Sylmar branch…

West Nile Virus Detected In Solano County

From the Benicia Patch August 4, 2021 SOLANO COUNTY, CA — Two mosquito pools have tested positive for West Nile virus in Solano County, marking the official start of the West Nile virus season in the county, officials said Wednesday. The specimen samples were collected July 30 in southern Davis, Solano County. Although no human…

Lake County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

From the Lake County News August 3, 2021 LAKEPORT, Calif. — For the first time this year, mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Lake County. The mosquitoes, Culex tarsalis (western encephalitis mosquito), were collected in traps near Upper Lake on July 21, the Lake County Vector Control District reported. “West Nile virus…

First human case of West Nile virus for 2021 reported in Stanislaus. How to be safe

From the Modesto Bee August 3, 2021 Stanislaus County announced its first human case of West Nile virus this year, a woman with a moderate form of the disease. The age and hometown of the woman were not disclosed in Tuesday’s news release from county Public Health. It urged residents to guard against the mosquitoes…

News Brief 7.28.2021

Updates to MVCAC Member Resources Page; Nominating Committee Report; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters; 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21; 2020 MVCAC Proceedings On Sale!; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With…