Author: Sarah Austin

INVASIVE Aedes aegypti MOSQUITOES FOUND IN MERCED, CA

Press Release From Merced County MAD September 25, 2017 MERCED, CA– The Merced County Mosquito Abatement District identified Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito, in the city of Merced (zip code 95340). This mosquito is capable of transmitting several human diseases, including dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever, and Zika. This mosquito is not…

News Briefs 09.22.17

Call for Speakers; Agency Spotlight; District Trustee Information Form; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; 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…

Mosquitoes spread deadly diseases, and public health experts hope to fight back with this new emoji

From The Los Angeles Times September 22, 2017 Mosquitoes are more than a spoiler of backyard barbecues. They threaten more than half the world’s population with their disease-spreading bites. In fact, mosquitoes are deadlier — by far — than sharks and snakes. They are the incubator and chief disseminator of malaria, dengue and yellow fevers,…

Move over malaria: Mosquitoes carrying Zika, dengue may thrive in warmer Africa

From Reuters September 21, 2017 DAKAR, Sept 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat – one that is far less known…

Multiple cases of West Nile virus in Glendale prompt education campaign

From The Los Angeles Times September 21, 2017 With eight cases of West Nile virus reported in Glendale so far this year, health officials took part in a door-to-door education campaign Wednesday, informing residents of what they can do to protect themselves from infection. Conducted by the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, the effort informed…

Election of MVCAC Honorary Members and 2017-2018 Officers

Honorary Membership Below you will find an honorary membership ballots for Jack Cavier, retired District Manager of the Glenn County Mosquito and Vector Control District and Branka B. Lothrop, Ph.D., retired District Manager for the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. Both have received the required five nominations from member districts. MVCAC honorary membership is…

Aedes aegypti mosquito detected in Palm Desert

From KESQ September 20, 2017 PALM DESERT, Calif. – The Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — capable of transmitting chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever and Zika — has been found in Palm Desert. While these viruses are not currently transmitted locally, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is taking steps to eliminate and reduce the spread of this…

Invasive mosquito population up 330 percent in Orange County

From ABC7 News September 19, 2017 The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control district announced a sharp spike in the presence of the invasive Aedes mosquito in Orange County. The mosquito species Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) are not native to the county and are capable of transmitting debilitating viruses including Dengue, chikungunya,…

Health officials launch door-to-door campaign against West Nile Virus in Los Feliz area

From The Eastsider September 19, 2017 Officials will be going door-to-door in the Los Feliz-Glendale area on Wednesday, Sept. 20 to warn residents about the risks posed by the potentially deadly West Nile Virus after the area emerged as a hotspot for the mosquito-borne disease. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, the public health agency…

News Briefs 09.15.17

Award Nominations Now Open; Passing of Jeff Cahn; ELC Funding For Enhanced Aedes Surveillance and Control; Call for Speakers; Support for Hurricane Harvey; Agency Spotlight; District Trustee Information Form; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

Mosquitoes take a harmful bite out of Tulare County

From Visalia Times-Delta September 14, 2017 As the weather cools down the number of mosquitoes are going up. And so is the number of mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus. Climate, as well as the number of birds and mosquitoes, are factors that influence the virus. It is transmitted to humans and animals by a mosquito bite.  As of Sept.…

Gulf Flood Waters — Breeding Grounds For Mosquitoes, Raising Zika Concerns

From Triplepundit.com September 14, 2017 Hurricane Harvey’s devastating floods, which inundated vast tracks of neighborhoods in August and brought with it the chance of toxic leaks has raised concern recently about another environmental risk: the rise in mosquito-borne illnesses such as Zika and West Nile. Southern U.S. locations are still dealing with lingering flooding and in an…

News Briefs 09.08.17

Support for Hurricane Harvey; Award Nominations Now Open; Agency Spotlight; District Trustee Information Form; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining Member Corner Click…

First Indication of West Nile virus in Shasta County

From KRCR TV September 8, 2017 REDDING, Calif. – The first indication of West Nile virus (WNv) for 2017 has been reported in Shasta County in a positive dead bird collected in the Redding area. Peter Bonkrude, district manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMVCD), stated, “The first WNv positive indicator is often…

Aggressive yellowjackets breaking records in much of Bay Area

From The East Bay Times September 7, 2017 Aggressive yellowjacket populations are booming this year in the Bay Area as reports of complaints about nests hit records in some areas. Winter rains produced plenty of insects to eat, which helped wasp nests thrive, insect experts say. Hot September weather  — like the Labor Day heat…

Infectious Mosquitoes Are Turning Up in New Regions

From The New York Times September 7, 2017 A mounting number of citations on a popular disease-tracking website suggests that mosquitoes may be moving into new ecological niches with greater frequency. The website, ProMED mail, has carried more than a dozen such reports since June, all involving mosquito species known to transmit human diseases. Most reports…

News Briefs 09.01.17

Support for Hurricane Harvey; Award Nominations Now Open; Agency Spotlight; District Trustee Information Form; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; CVMVCD New Operations Manager; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board;…

San Bernardino County reports first West Nile Virus death for 2017

From San Bernardino Sun August 31, 2017 SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Public Health officials announced Thursday the first West Nile Virus death of the 2017 season. The victim was described as an elderly western San Bernardino County male resident with serious health problems. So far, there have been eight confirmed cases in San Bernardino County…

News Briefs 08.25.17

MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission; Award Nominations Now Open; Agency Spotlight; District Trustee Information Form; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining…

News Briefs 8.18.17

MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission; Award Nominations Now Open; Agency Spotlight; District Trustee Information Form; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; Press Release: First Detection of St. Louis Encephalitis Virus in Merced County; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News…

West Nile Virus Infections Spike In the San Fernando Valley

From Northridge Patch August 17, 2017 WOODLAND HILLS, CA — Almost half of the 22 people from Los Angeles County who tested positive for West Nile virus so far this year are from the San Fernando Valley, a hot spot where the disease appears to be spreading this season, according to public health and vector…

Press Release: First Detection of St. Louis Encephalitis Virus in Merced County

August 17, 2017 MERCED, CA– The Merced County Mosquito Abatement District received confirmation that one sentinel chicken from Merced County tested positive for St. Louis Encephalitis Virus (SLEV). SLEV is related to West Nile Virus (WNV) and is transmitted via the bite of Culex mosquitoes, the same mosquitoes that transmit WNV. Like WNV, most people…

First human case of West Nile virus this year found in Northern California

From The Sacramento Bee August 15, 2017 The first human case this year of West Nile virus in Northern California was reported by Butte County health officials Tuesday. The virus was identified by a blood donation center while it was performing regular screening on blood samples Friday. The donated blood was discarded, and the person in whose…

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus on the rise in Elk Grove

From The Sacramento Bee August 14, 2017 Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus have increased in the Elk Grove area, and authorities are boosting efforts to control their spread, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District said Monday. Most mosquitoes testing positive for the virus were trapped south of Elk Grove, between Interstate 5 and Highway…

News Briefs 08.11.17

Award Nominations Now Open; Mosquito district goes from scandal to praise; CDC Supports UC Researchers in Fighting Vector-Borne Diseases; July 2017 MVCAC Meeting Minutes Available Now; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission; Agency Spotlight; District Trustee Information Form; 86th Annual MVCAC Conference – January 28-30, 2018; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications…

CDC Supports UC Researchers in Fighting Vector-Borne Diseases

By Trina Wood on August 10, 2017, in Human & Animal Health This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a bold step to enhance public-health preparedness for diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and ticks in the nation’s southwest. With an $8 million grant from the CDC, University of California, Davis and Riverside researchers…

Mosquito district goes from scandal to praise

From the San Mateo Daily Journal August 7, 2017 Countywide agency recently commended for fiscal management, transparency From an employee embezzlement scandal to receiving commendations for accountability practices, a little-known special district charged with public health has made significant strides over the last five years. There hasn’t been much media buzz around the San Mateo…

A deadly virus returns to Stanislaus County. Why it’s back and how you can avoid it.

From The Modesto Bee August 7, 2017 A mosquito sample in Stanislaus County tested positive for the St. Louis encephalitis virus, which is capable of causing a potentially deadly illness. The mosquitoes infected with St. Louis encephalitis were southwest of Modesto in the Grayson area. The St. Louis variety is similar to the West Nile virus…

News Briefs 08.04.17

Request for Public Comment; Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Fall Meeting; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining Member…

UC Zika research aims to ‘collapse’ mosquito populations

From The Sacramento Bee July 31, 2017 Zika, dengue fever and other mosquito-born illnesses have surged to public attention in recent years, with Zika afflicting thousands of people across the Americas. The Zika outbreak that began in 2015 resulted in 1,835 babies born in Brazil with abnormal brain development or problems with their central nervous systems,…

News Briefs 07.28.17

Request for Public Comment; Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Fall Meeting; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining Member…

Pregnant Women Urged to Avoid Going to Areas with Zika Risk

From CDPH July 28, 2017 SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises pregnant women, and men and women of childbearing age, not to go to areas with Zika. If they must go to places with known transmission of the Zika virus, CDPH recommends they protect themselves against sexual transmission of Zika and…

Mosquito samples in Inyo test positive West Nile Virus

From Sierra Wave Media July 26, 2017 Inyo County press release The Owens Valley Mosquito Abatement Program (OVMAP) confirmed Tuesday that some mosquito samples trapped last week tested positive for West Nile Virus. This is the first occurrence of West Nile Virus in Inyo County since 2011. Prior to that, West Nile Virus had been detected…

Aggressive, stinging colonies of wasps out early this year in Sacramento County

From The Sacramento Bee July 24, 2017 Yellowjacket infestations are hitting Sacramento County early this year, prompting specialists to eradicate the sometime aggressive insects whose sting can sometime kill. The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District has received numerous calls from residents battling yellowjacket nests on their property. The yellowjacket population problem usually shows itself…

News Briefs 07.21.17

Request for Public Comment ; Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Fall Meeting; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining…

Mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile virus in Butte County

From KRCR TV July 17, 2017 PALERMO, Calif. – According to the Butte County Mosquito and Vector Control District, a mosquito pool in an area of north Honcut south Palermo has tested positive with the West Nile Virus.  Officials said with increasing mosquito populations and the detection of WNV within Butte County, the Butte County…

News Briefs 07.14.17

Passing of Bob Azzaro; Agency Spotlight; Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Fall Meeting; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board;…

Mosquito batch infected with West Nile virus found in Costa Mesa

By LOUIS CASIANO JR. | Orange County Register July 10, 2017   A batch of 22 mosquitoes infected with the West Nile Virus was discovered late last month in Costa Mesa’s Fairview Park, the city said in a statement. The mosquitoes were found June 27 by Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control District crews in a drainage…

News Briefs 07.07.17

Agency Spotlight; Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Fall Meeting; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks; Share Your News With Us!; Jobs Board; Sustaining Member Corner Click…

NASA Citizen Science App Tackles Mosquito-Borne Disease

From Nasa.gov June 28, 2017 In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are more than just a summertime nuisance. They spread diseases that kill nearly 2.7 million people a year. Now citizen scientists can use a NASA app to help those working to understand and reduce mosquito-borne diseases. NASA has introduced the Mosquito Habitat Mapper…

California Zika By The Numbers

From CaliforniaHealthline.org This graphic details the Zika virus infections among California residents from 2015 through June 30, 2017. All cases on record have been among people who were infected while traveling to areas with ongoing Zika transmission, through sexual contact with an infected traveler or through maternal-fetal transmission. No direct transmission from mosquitoes to people has been documented in…

News Briefs 06.30.17

Agency Spotlight; Bylaws Change Ballot ; MVCAC Summer Meeting; Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Fall Meeting; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks Click here to view

News Briefs 06.23.17

Bylaws Change Ballot ; Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; National Mosquito Control Awareness Week Press Release; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Summer Meeting; MVCAC Fall Meeting; 2017 IPM Achievement Awards-Call for Nominations; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks Click here to…

Giant Inflatable Mosquito Makes an Appearance to Increase Public Awareness about Invasive Mosquitoes

From OCMVCD June 26, 2017 National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is a Reminder to Orange County Residents to Protect Themselves Garden Grove, CA. There is a new giant inflatable mosquito in town. The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) is introducing a giant black-and-white inflatable mosquito, depicting the two recently established invasive species…

Record Rainfalls and Warm Temperatures Could Mean an Explosion of Mosquitoes

National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is a Reminder to Californians to Protect Themselves  SACRAMENTO, June 22, 2017 – While California’s wettest winter in 122 years ended the state’s historic drought, the surge in rainfall could contribute to another threat: an active mosquito season with the potential for increased mosquito-borne virus transmission to people. Heavy rains…

Updated CDC map shows 21% increase in US counties reporting mosquito that transmits Zika

Last year, with the Western Hemisphere in the grip of a surprising Zika virus epidemic, CDC researchers used a survey to compile a list of U.S. counties where the mosquito at the heart of the epidemic, Aedes aegypti, had been documented over the past 21 years. They also documented counties that reported finding another mosquito,…

News Briefs 06.16.17

Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2017-18 Dues; District Trustee Information Form; Trustee Council needs nominees!; MVCAC Summer Meeting; MVCAC Fall Meeting; 2017 IPM Achievement Awards-Call for Nominations; Possible District Funding Opportunities from OES for Flooding Impacts; NPDES Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Zika Updates; MVCAC News Briefs – Other Outbreaks Click here to view