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News Briefs 11.17.17

IT Survey and GIS Survey; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; District Trustee Information Form; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining Member Corner Click here to view

Zika-related nerve damage caused by immune response to the virus

From Yale News November 20, 2017 The immune system’s response to the Zika virus, rather than the virus itself, may be responsible for nerve-related complications of infection, according to a Yale study. This insight could lead to new ways of treating patients with Zika-related complications, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, the researchers said. In mice models…

Drug Used To Treat Malaria Could Help Fight Zika’s Damaging Effects

From CBS Miami November 20, 2017 MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A drug used to prevent and treat malaria could also help fight the Zika virus, according to research published Monday. It’s called chloroquine and it’s been used since the 1950s, researchers said. Dr. Angela Rocha (C), pediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital, examines Ludmilla Hadassa Dias de…

Scientists worry Zika virus will return soon

From The Johns Hopkins News-Letter November 16, 2017 Recently, the number of people suffering from Zika virus throughout the world has significantly decreased. However, biologists predict that Zika will return with a vengeance, potentially leading to more infections. Ernesto Marques, associate professor of infectious diseases and microbiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of…

There’s a New Way to Wipe Out Mosquitoes in the U.S.

From TIME Magazine November 16, 2017 Mosquitoes are some of the deadliest creatures in the world, carrying diseases like Zika, dengue and chikungunya. In response, the U.S. government has given the green light to a unique strategy for ridding people’s yards of the disease-bearing pests. In early November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) granted commercial approval for the company MosquitoMate to release its special male…

We Just Used Genetic Engineering to Create Completely Yellow, Three-Eyed, Wingless Mosquitoes

From Futurism November 15, 2017 SELF-DESTRUCTING MOSQUITOES Gene editing is an incredibly powerful technique, made faster and more capable by CRISPR, which is the world’s most efficient and exact genetic manipulation tool. Now, in an effort to demonstrate how gene editing could be used to eradicate the mosquito species Aedes aegypti —a major carrier of diseases like dengue,…

‘Unusually high’ number of birds test positive for West Nile in SLO County

From The Tribune November 14, 2017 Five birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2017, an “unusually high” number and more than in recent years, the San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department said on Tuesday. The most recent case was collected on Nov. 9 in San Luis Obispo, the department said in…

News Briefs 11.9.17

IT Survey and GIS Survey; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; District Trustee Information Form; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining Member Corner Click here to view

California sees increase in West Nile virus deaths this year, compared to 2016

From Los Angeles Daily News November 13, 2017 More people were infected and died of West Nile virus across California this year compared to last year, especially in Los Angeles County. That’s where the number of infections peaked in September, recent data show. Statewide, there have been 25 deaths so far this year, or six…

To find an effective Zika vaccine, we must include pregnant women in the trials

From The Hill November 12, 2017 Though the World Health Organization has lifted the emergency alert on the Zika virus, scientists continue their push to develop a vaccine. Late last year, the virus reached Asia, where outbreaks are ongoing. It will remain a global threat to pregnant women as long as humans travel and mosquitoes stow…

Some Good News, As A Zika-Exposed Baby Turns One

From WAMU November 9, 2017 Two years ago, when the Zika virus was first identified as the cause of microcephaly in babies, women were scared. Expectant mothers who got infected had no idea what the chances were of having a healthy baby. Researchers have since learned that while Zika infection is dangerous, about 94 percent of babies born to women infected…

New evidence of brain damage from West Nile virus, scientists say

From The Washington Post November 7, 2017 Experts who work on the mosquito-borne West Nile virus have long known that it can cause serious neurological symptoms, such as memory problems and tremors, when it invades the brain and spinal cord. Now researchers have found physical evidence of brain damage in patients years after their original infection, the first such…

Boatmen bugs raiding Coachella Valley

From KESQ November 6, 2017 COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. – Bugs have invaded the Coachella Valley. People have reported seeing thousands of the small insects on car windshields and in their pool.  The owner of Coachella Valley Pest Control tells KESQ/CBS Local 2’s Lauren Coronado they’re Boatman bugs.  Craig Conaway is the owner of Coachella Valley Pest Control. He thinks they’re coming from the…

News Briefs 11.3.17

Visual Gateway Workshop Interest Form; IT Survey and GIS Survey; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; From ESA – Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; District Trustee Information Form; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks;…

Ontario Reports EEE and WNV Cases in Horse Population

From EquiManagement November 1, 2017 Ontario, Canada, has reported additional cases of Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and equine West Nile virus (WNV).  Second EEE Case in Ontario A second case of Eastern equine encephalitis was confirmed by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs the week of October 23, 2017. The 19-year-old mixed…

The forgotten mothers and babies of Zika

From CNN November 1, 2017 Barely more than children themselves when they give birth, many of the forgotten mothers of Zika-striken babies in the Brazilian state of Alagoas are shiny-new teenagers, just learning to navigate their developing bodies. Traversing the challenges of motherhood at that age is tricky at best; attempting to navigate them with…

Officials Concerned About Mosquitoes Breeding In Fire-Ravaged Backyard Pools

From CBS SF Bay Area October 31, 2017 SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) — Sonoma County health officials said Tuesday they were concerned by the mosquito breeding threat posed by backyard pools in homes that were destroyed in this month’s devastating wildfire outbreak. Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District officials said they had begun mosquito surveillance…

Virus-Spreading Mosquitos Confirmed Locally

From The Los Feliz Ledger October 31, 2017 West Nile Virus is on the rise across Los Angeles with 208 reported cases this year according to Los Angeles public health officials. Vector control authorities said chickens and mosquitos in Los Feliz have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks. With chickens testing positive for…

Smart mosquito trap could prevent spread of deadly diseases

From Fox News October 31, 2017 Doctors hope a mosquito trap will prevent the spread of disease. The trap is smart enough to know what type of mosquito it’s trapping, and if by the small chance it catches the wrong one, it will learn from its mistake. The smart trap senses the wing length and…

Stanford researchers seek citizen scientists to contribute to worldwide mosquito tracking

From Stanford News October 31, 2017 It’s a sound that can keep even the weariest among us from falling asleep: the high-pitched whine of a mosquito. This irritating buzz already makes us run, slap and slather on repellent. But if Stanford University researchers have their way, it may also prompt us to take out our…

News Briefs 10.27.17

Visual Gateway Workshop Interest Form; Sonoma preschoolers learn about yellow jackets; What you can learn from the people who protect you from disease-carrying pests; From ESA – Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee…

Zika hasn’t been in the news much, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone

From Science News October 30, 2017 Less than a year after the World Health Organization declared Zika is no longer a public health emergency, the virus seems to have fallen from public consciousness, at least outside of heavily affected areas. The mosquito-borne virus staged a massive assault on the Western Hemisphere in 2015 and 2016(SN: 12/24/16,…

L.A. County far outpaces us in West Nile cases

From VC Star October 28, 2017 While Ventura County has seen only one human case of West Nile virus this year, neighboring Los Angeles County has seen more than 200 cases, with 17 deaths. Dr. Robert Levin, Ventura County public health officer, said the one local human case of the mosquito-carried illness occurred in west Ventura…

Zika virus infects developing brain by first infecting cells meant to defend against it

From EurekAlert October 27, 2017 Researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Brazil, report that the Zika virus is transmitted from mother to fetus by infected cells that, ironically, will later develop into the brain’s first and primary form of defense against invasive pathogens. The findings are published…

What you can learn from the people who protect you from disease-carrying pests

From The Orange County Register October 25, 2017 A fly landing on salad. A roof rat scurrying across the yard. A flea hopping from your pet to your skin. For a moment, forget West Nile virus mosquitoes. The disease these other bad boys spread also can destroy lives. Then there’s our newest scary critter —…

Sonoma preschoolers learn about yellow jackets

From Sonoma News October 23, 2017 The Marin-Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District protects the health and welfare of the communities it serves from mosquitoes and vector-borne diseases by utilizing cost-effective, environmentally responsible integrated vector management practices. El Verano Preschool Director Sonya Valiente invited Vector Control to come to her classroom and presentat on yellow…

News Briefs 10.20.17

Visual Gateway Workshop Interest Form; The head of the U.S.’s largest mosquito control program has science on her side; From ESA – Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Leading Edge Training…

Warm Weather Helps Prolong West Nile Virus Risk

From UCANR October 23, 2017 Summer may be over, but continued warm weather means that mosquitoes are still active. So far this year, 361 cases of the mosquito-borne illness West Nile Virus (WNV) have been reported* in 23 California counties from Imperial to Shasta. Sadly, 18 of these cases resulted in death. The disease is…

Second bird tests positive for West Nile Virus in El Dorado County

From YubaNet.com October 20, 2017 PLACERVILLE, CAlif. October 20, 2017 – El Dorado County health officials received confirmation last week that a bird found in the Garden Valley area of El Dorado County has tested positive for West Nile virus, the second for 2017. The bird, an Acorn Woodpecker, was tested on September 29th. So…

Mosquitoes evolved to fly away with a belly full of your blood—without you ever noticing

From Popular Science October 19, 2017 Mosquitoes are weird fliers. Your typical aeronaut—a sparrow or a fruit fly, for instance—takes flight by jumping into the air. Only once aloft do they begin to flap their wings. Mosquitoes have the perplexing distinction of doing basically do the opposite. They begin their flight pattern by flapping their wings for…

If A Pile Of Poo Has An Emoji, Shouldn’t A Mosquito Have One Too?

From NPR October 18, 2017 There are 2,666 emojis available for tweets and texts. Everything from a butterfly to a croissant to a unicorn. But global health advocates think there’s one important emoji that’s missing: the mosquito. It is, after all, the world’s deadliest animal. The diseases it spreads, like malaria and dengue, cause one million…

The head of the U.S.’s largest mosquito control program has science on her side

From Popular Science October 17, 2017 There are more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes in the world, and if Jodi Holeman could, she’d catch one of each. She can identify the bugs down to the genus, and usually the species, by sight. She has only 19 kinds pinned in her collection but carries plastic bags wherever…

West Nile Virus infected Mosquitoes found in Palm Springs

From KESQ October 16, 2017 PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – For the second time in Palm Springs this year, a sample of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile. The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District positive sample contained 16 mosquitoes from a trap located near Mesquite Avenue and Gene Autry Trail. The District will post…

News Briefs 10.13.17

MVCAC Planning Meeting; Visual Gateway Workshop Interest Form; CDPH VBDS 2016 Annual Report; From ESA – Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Leading Edge Training Course for Unmanned Aerial Systems Click…

Aedes aegypti mosquito detected in Mecca

From KESQ October 11, 2017 MECCA, Calif. – Mecca has become the latest city in the valley to be detected with the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District detected three adult mosquitoes and 37 mosquito larvae in a Mecca neighborhood that were identified as an invasive mosquito species capable of…

Disease-Transmitting Aedes Mosquito Prompts Santa Clarita Public Information Session

From KHTS AM 1220 October 10, 2017 The disease-transmitting Aedes mosquito has been confirmed in the Santa Clarita area, prompting city officials to host a Public Information Session about the species. The session will be held at the City Hall Council Chambers on October 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Officials will be discussing…

WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY CONTINUES IN CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

From Contra Costa MVCD October 10, 2017 More dead birds, chickens, and mosquitoes test positive for the virus   CONCORD, CALIFORNIA – –  The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is reporting two more dead birds, two more chickens, and another group of mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus.   The mosquitoes and one…

News Briefs 10.06.17

From ESA – Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed; Contra Costa MVCD – Paula Macedo, New General Manager, Takes the Helm; Alameda MAD – Quarterly Newsletter and Updates; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Leading Edge Training…

CDPH VBDS 2016 Annual Report

From CDPH October 9, 2017 The 2016 Annual Report of the Vector-Borne Disease Section has been posted on the VBDS Annual Report webpage: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/VBDSAnnualReports.aspx. A PDF of the report is also available here, and one hard copy is being mailed to each agency this week. If you do not receive a copy, or would like…

Orange County records its first West Nile virus-related death

From The Orange County Register October 6, 2017 The peak season of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus should be nearing its end, but state and local agencies are warning people to keep up the fight against mosquitoes. There were 47 new cases of the disease reported across the state in the past week. Nearly all…

Four chickens near Redding catch West Nile virus

From The Record Searchlight October 3, 2017 Four “sentinel chickens” east of Redding have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District. The district keeps flocks of chickens in various locations within the district as disease sentinels. The presence of the virus in chickens indicates “this is a…

MOSQUITOES, DEAD BIRDS, AND A CHICKEN TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

From Contra Costa MVCD October 3, 2017   Two Contra Costa County residents also test positive for the virus   CONCORD, CALIFORNIA – –  The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District is reporting five dead birds, a group of mosquitoes, and a chicken that have tested positive for West Nile virus. In addition, the District…

Controlling mosquitoes through aerial management

From Sierra Wave Media October 2, 2017 OVMAP news release Recent mosquito trap data indicate that recent aerial larviciding treatments were very successful, with mosquito populations reduced by about half in the two weeks following aerial management activities. To illustrate the scope of what was conducted during aerial management Rob Miller, OVMAP Interim Manager, stated that “OVMAP applied roughly 10 times the amount…

WVMVCD Media Release: Invasive Mosquito Alert: Aedes albopictus Detected in Montclair

From West Valley MVCD October 2, 2017 The West Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected the presence of Aedes albopictus, commonly known as the Asian tiger mosquito, in Montclair. This detection occurred during routine surveillance near Kingsley and Ramona Ave. Aedes albopictus are small, black and white mosquitoes that will aggressively pursue people…

News Briefs 09.29.17

Call for Speakers; Agency Spotlight; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Leading Edge Training Course for Unmanned Aerial Systems; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining…

Deadly West Nile virus cases are spiking in LA. The first line of defense: chickens

From Stat News September 29, 2017 EL MONTE, Calif. — The chickens are used to the needles. They don’t fuss when vector ecologist Tanya Posey pulls opens the door of a coop in a community garden here, firmly grasps a Leghorn, and pulls a blood sample out of its wing vein. She’s so good, she…

West Nile virus targeted in Sepulveda Basin as public health concerns heighten

From The Los Angeles Daily News September 27, 2017 Vector control agents conducted a pre-dawn raid on adult mosquitoes in the Sepulveda Basin on Wednesday to knock down the populations in an effort to reduce the spread of West Nile virus. The truck-mounted, ultra-low volume fogging in the Sepulveda Basin recreation area should not affect…

SoCal mosquito season brings disease danger

From ABC 7 September 26, 2017 HAWAIIAN GARDENS, Calif. (KABC) — Several people have died this year from the West Nile Virus in Southern California. With mosquito season in full swing, local public health experts issued a warning about the serious health concern. A campaign to spread awareness about the continued risk of mosquito-borne diseases,…

Yellow fever mosquito found in Tulare

From The Porterville Recorder September 25, 2017 The yellow fever mosquito has been found in the City of Tulare by the Tulare Mosquito Abatement District, the Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency reported. Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, is capable of transmitting several human diseases, including dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever…