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News Briefs 9.25.2020

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

Vector Ecologist, San Mateo County MVCD

Description: Under direct supervision of the Laboratory Director, plan and conduct vector-borne disease surveillance programs including field surveys, insect identification, processing and preparation of samples, molecular testing, maintenance of mosquito colony, and maintenance of lab and field equipment. Submission Deadline: October 16th, 2020 Please click here for more information.

Yolo County reports first human case of West Nile Virus this year

From the Winters Express September 24, 2020 A Yolo County resident became ill with West Nile Virus last month and is now recovering, the county reported Saturday. This is the first human case of the mosquito-borne virus documented in the county this year. Statewide, at least 16 counties have reported human West Nile cases, affecting…

Aedes Aegypti Mosquito Capable Of Carrying Dengue, Zika Viruses Detected In Thousand Oaks

From CBSLA September 24, 2020 THOUSAND OAKS (CBSLA) — A non-native mosquito capable of carrying dengue and Zika virus has been detected in Thousand Oaks, the second instance it has been found in Ventura County. Aedes aegypti mosquitos have been detected in Thousand Oaks, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division said in a news release Wednesday.…

Invasive Aedes mosquito species found in second Ventura County city

From VC Star September 23, 2020 Ventura County officials have found specimens of an invasive and potentially dangerous species of mosquito in Thousand Oaks several days after the mosquito’s presence in the county was publicly shared. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, also known as yellow fever mosquitoes, were first detected in Simi Valley on Sept. 9, according to the…

First-ever ‘Yellow Fever’ mosquito detected in Butte County

From KRCR News September 23, 2020 CHICO, Calif. — For the first time in Butte County the mosquito commonly known as the yellow fever mosquito has been found. The invasive species was discovered September 17 in northeast Chico in the area of East Avenue and Mariposa Avenue. The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been detected previously in…

News Briefs 9.18.2020

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; New Manager of Santa Cruz County Mosquito Abatement / Vector Control; San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District hires new manager; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts…

Vector Control Technician, Marin/Sonoma MVCD

Description: Click here to view Submission Deadline: Applications must be submitted by 3:30 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020. Please click here for more information.

Invasive Aedes mosquito species found for first time in county, spawning health concerns

From the Ventura County Star September 21, 2020 A potentially dangerous species of mosquito not found before in Ventura County has emerged in Simi Valley with more people reporting bites every day. “We are being flooded with calls,” said Ron Ventura, supervisor with the Ventura County Environmental Health Division. “We’re getting a dozen calls a day at least.” The small black…

Yolo County health department reports first case of human West Nile Virus in 2020

From the Sacramento Bee September 19, 2020 Yolo County health officials announced Saturday that a resident of the county contracted West Nile virus last month, the first case of the virus in a human there reported this year. In a news release, the county’s Health and Human Services Agency said that the person was infected…

West Nile virus risk in Contra Costa County continues as more birds and sentinel chickens test positive

From The Press September 19, 2020 The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) has confirmed two sentinel chickens and three dead birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). Two birds are from Brentwood, one is from Concord. This is the first bird from Concord to test positive for WNV this year. Both chickens are from…

Program Coordinator, County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health Vector Control

Description: The County of San Diego is currently accepting job applications for Program Coordinator – Vector Control Program Option, to fill an immediate vacancy in the Department of Environmental Health, Community Health Division – Vector Control Program.  The selected candidate will be responsible for managing the County’s Vector Control Program and related programs and projects where substantive…

Greater Los Angeles Vector Control Has a New Strategy to Slow West Nile Virus

From Spectrum News 1 September 17, 2020 LOS ANGELES — As Americans continue to focus on the Coronavirus, mosquito experts want locals to be cognizant of another virus moving back into Los Angeles: West Nile. Studies show that a mosquito is the deadliest animal in the world in terms of how many humans it kills…

West Nile Virus: Can Climate Change Cause Mosquito Migration?

From Contagion Live September 16, 2020 Given the range of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases is environmentally determined, changes in the environment mean changes in where these diseases are most likely to spread. West Nile virus spreads most efficiently in the United States at temperatures between 75.2–77 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a new…

Invasive mosquitoes found in Winters

From the Daily Democrat September 16, 2020 The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that it has detected the invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti in Yolo County. According to Luz Marie Robles, public information officer for the district, the adult female mosquito was found in a trap near East and Main street in Winters. This…

Two human West Nile virus cases found in Valley

From the Antelope Valley Press September 16, 2020 LANCASTER — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has identified the first two cases of human West Nile virus (WNV) infections in the Antelope Valley for the 2020 season. “Although the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District identifies the presence of West…

Day-biting mosquito that can carry Zika, other viruses found for first time in Yolo County

From the Sacramento Bee September 15, 2020 Authorities on Tuesday announced the first ever detection in Yolo County of an invasive mosquito that prefers to bite people during the day and has the potential to transmit serious diseases, including Zika. The adult female Aedes aegypti mosquito, more commonly known as a yellow fever mosquito, was found in…

San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District hires new manager

From The Daily Journal September 15, 2020 The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District will have a new district manager as Brian Weber is slated to take over for Dr. Chindi Peavey, who is retiring after five years. The district’s Board of Directors voted for the selection in August. Weber, the assistant manager…

News Briefs 09.11.2020

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Special Districts Made Easy – educational brochure, video promotes understanding of special district; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News…

More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Contra Costa County

From The Press September 11, 2020 The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) has confirmed three more groups of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Contra Costa County. Two groups of mosquitoes were trapped in Brentwood and one group was collected in Discovery Bay. The positive mosquitoes from Brentwood…

City Warns About the Seasonal Return of Aedes Mosquitoes

From Pasadena Now September 10, 2020 Fall is a great time to enjoy outdoor space but beware: Aedes mosquitoes are most active during this time. The notorious ankle-biting, black-and-white striped mosquitoes don’t go away when summer fades. Instead, they continue to pester humans well into October. The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is reminding residents to…

West Nile reported in Orange County

From the Event-NewsEnterprise September 10, 2020 Have you seen more mosquitoes than usual in Orange County this year? It is 2020, after all. Mosquito and Vector Control District officials have found the first sample of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Costa Mesa, prompting another warning Wednesday to residents to help with the battle…

More dengue fever and less malaria – mosquito control strategies may need to shift as Africa heats up

From The Conversation September 9, 2020 As it becomes too warm for comfort, the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit malaria may lose the battle against climate change in Africa. But a new foe is on the horizon. When temperatures are too hot for malaria parasites and the Anopheles mosquitoes that transmit them, conditions may be just right for a different…

News Briefs 09.04.2020

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Special Districts Made Easy – educational brochure, video promotes understanding of special district; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News…

West Nile virus found in Tehama County sentinel chicken

From the Red Bluff Daily News September 7, 2020 RED BLUFF — A sentinel chicken in Tehama County has been confirmed to have West Nile virus, according to a press release from the Tehama County Health Services Agency and Mosquito and Vector Control District. The diagnosis was confirmed by the California Department of Public Health…

UC Berkeley researchers receive grant to study mosquito-borne viruses

From the Daily Californian September 7, 2020 The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or NIAID, granted nearly $8 million to UC Berkeley School of Public Health researchers Eva Harris and Josefina Coloma to study mosquito-borne viruses and pandemic preparedness in Asia and the Americas. With the funds, which will be distributed over the…

Study identifies how infection by Zika virus during pregnancy can affect the fetal brain

From EurekAlert September 3, 2020 Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause severe abnormalities in the fetus, including malformations such as microcephaly. In a small proportion of cases, the disease may lead to miscarriage and perinatal death. A network of more than 30 Brazilian researchers set out to find the causes of these problems with…

West Nile Virus Found Near Lake Forest

From the Lake Forest Patch September 3, 2020 LAKE FOREST, CA — Have you seen more mosquitoes than usual in Orange County this year? It is 2020, after all. Mosquito and Vector Control District officials have found the first sample of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Costa Mesa, prompting another warning Wednesday to…

Central San Joaquin Valley man dies from Saint Louis Encephalitis virus, officials say

From The Fresno Bee September 3, 2020 A Madera County man in his 90s died in August from the Saint Louis Encephalitis virus, the county health department reported Thursday. The county said it is the first confirmed case of SLEV in California this year and the first in Madera County since 1976. The health department, through…

West Nile Virus: Mosquitoes Found Near Los Alamitos

From the Los Alamitos Patch September 2, 2020 LOS ALAMITOS, CA — Have you seen more mosquitoes than usual in Orange County this year? It is 2020, after all. Mosquito and Vector Control District officials have found the first sample of mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus in Costa Mesa, prompting another warning Wednesday to…

More mosquitoes test positive for WNV

From the Antelope Valley Press September 1, 2020 PALMDALE —  Mosquitoes collected from various mosquito traps in Palmdale have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The traps were located near 6th Street East and Avenue R, 20th Street East and Avenue S, and 25th St. East and Avenue R-6. “So far we have sent…

News Briefs 08.28.20

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

LA residents encouraged to avoid mosquito-borne threat of West Nile virus

From the Daily Bruin August 31, 2020 Los Angeles County residents should take precautions against a disease spread by mosquitoes, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said. West Nile virus, a virus transmitted to humans by a mosquito bite from an infected mosquito, can invade the central nervous system and be deadly. Symptoms of infection…

Chino mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

From Champion Newspapers August 29, 2020 The West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District detected the presence of West Nile Virus in a collection of five mosquitoes trapped near Mountain Avenue and Satterfield Way in Chino on Aug. 18. It is the first detection of West Nile Virus in the boundaries of the District this…

Higher risk for West Nile virus in Brentwood after more dead birds, mosquitoes test positive

From KRON4 August 29, 2020 BRENTWOOD, Calif. (BCN) – More birds and trapped mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus were found recently in Contra Costa County and vector control officials say there’s currently an elevated risk for the virus in the city of Brentwood. Five of six dead birds testing positive were picked up…

First human West Nile virus cases in Merced County traced to the City of Merced

From the Merced Sun-Star August 28, 2020 Merced County’s first confirmed human West Nile virus infections of the year were traced to the City of Merced, according to Merced County Mosquito Abatement District news release. The two infected individuals, both women aged 60-80, likely contracted the disease in mid-August, according to the Merced County Department…

‘Ankle-biter’ mosquito now a permanent resident of Kern

From Bakersfield.com August 28, 2020 One benefit Bakersfield has long enjoyed — a benefit millions of Americans do not have — has been the ability to take a walk on a spring or summer evening, or sip a drink on an unprotected porch, without being “eaten up” by swarms of mosquitoes. Residents who have moved…

Study uncovers key elements of Zika virus impacts on immune systems

From the Valley News August 26, 2020 The mosquito-borne Zika virus can defeat a person’s immune system by drilling into the cellular defenses needed to combat diseases, according to research by a pair scientest from University of California Riverside. Jikui Song, biochemistry professor of University of California Riverside, and virologist Rong Hai were joined by…

Two invasive mosquito species found in Shasta County

From KRCR 7 News August 26, 2020 SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. — Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMVCD) identified two species of invasive mosquitoes on Wednesday. While responding to an initial report of the invasive Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever Mosquito), SMVCD staff found and identified the Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito). SMVCD says the Asian Tiger Mosquito was found near…

Asian tiger mosquito, another new species that can carry Zika virus, yellow fever, discovered in Redding

From the Record Searchlight August 26, 2020 A second invasive mosquito species has for the first time been discovered in Shasta County, the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District announced Wednesday. Larvae from the Asian tiger mosquito were found in standing water at a Redding neighborhood near Highway 273/Market Street and north of Lake Boulevard.   The California Department of…

Aedes aegypti mosquito frequently biting Kern County residents

From KGET August 26, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – La Thao, with Kern Mosquito and Vector Control, joined 17 News at Sunrise to explain why the aedes aegypti mosquito is biting residents across Kern County, causing frequent bites on ankles. Thao suggests people dump standing water sources and scrub the containers to mitigate the mosquito…

Breakthrough in eliminating dengue, other mosquito-borne diseases

From the Berkeley News August 26, 2020 A 27-month trial in Indonesia of a unique method of mosquito control shows that the strategy can reduce the incidence of dengue — a mosquito-borne viral disease of the tropics that threatens nearly half the world’s population — by 77%. The method, which employs Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected by bacteria…

News Briefs 8.21.20

MVCAC Annual Conference Corner; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Statewide COVID-19 Response Discussion; Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight; HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into; MVCAC News Briefs – Giant Asian Hornets; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

High temperatures and summer rain increase West Nile virus

From the Lake County News August 24, 2020 LAKEPORT, Calif. – The recent high temperatures and unusual summer rain have created an opportunity for mosquitoes and West Nile virus to thrive. This year, five samples of mosquitoes collected in Lake County tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Lake County Vector Control District.…

West Nile Virus confirmed in dead bird and mosquitoes in Contra Costa County

From The Press August 24, 2020 The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) reports a dead bird and a group of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in Contra Costa County. The dead bird was picked up in Martinez and the mosquitoes were collected from traps in an agricultural area…

Rare St. Louis Encephalitis virus found in mosquitoes in San Joaquin County

From Recordnet.com August 23, 2020 St. Louis Encephalitis has been discovered in San Joaquin County, and the San Joaquin County Mosquito & Vector Control District asks the public to take precautions and protect themselves from mosquito bites. The SLE virus was found in a group of collected mosquitoes in ZIP code 95240, which includes Lodi,…

Day-biting mosquitoes that can carry yellow fever, Zika virus spread to Yuba City

From The Sacramento Bee August 19, 2020 Aggressive day-biting mosquitoes that can transmit yellow fever, Zika, dengue and other serious illnesses have been in traps set in Yuba City, public health officials announced Wednesday. ”Our goal is to control and eliminate this mosquito population.” said Stephen Abshier, the manager of the Sutter-Yuba Mosquito & Vector…

The Worst Animal in the World

From The Atlantic August 19, 2020 or about a week this past September, I adopted a wellness routine that—at the time—felt like neurotic overkill. I didn’t bother with masks or hand sanitizer; back then, the virus we now know as SARS-CoV-2 was still presumably nestled in the warm body of an unknown animal. Instead, each morning,…

Mosquitoes in Lancaster test positive for West Nile virus

From the Antelope Valley Press August 19, 2020 LANCASTER — Mosquitoes collected from a mosquito trap in Lancaster tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The trap was located near Division and Lancaster Boulevard. This is the third positive West Nile virus detection within District boundaries for the 2020 season. “Once again, we want to…

Hot and Humid … Now Mosquitoes?

From NBC 7 San Diego August 19, 2020 It seems like the plot of a ripped-from-the-headlines episode of “TheTwilight Zone”: A pandemic hits, then people shut themselves away inside homes and businesses. In Act 2, a heat wave rolls in, and, with it, rolling blackouts. In the final act, too hot to stay indoors, people…