From KRON 4
May 31, 2018
SAN JOSE (KRON) – Like the proverbial canary in the coal mine, a pair of dead birds has tested positive for West Nile Virus on the Peninsula–and that means mosquito season is here and vector control is taking action.
Dead crows found in Mountain View and Palo Alto have tested positive for West Nile Virus.
It means that mosquito season has arrived and with it the potential for the spread of the virus to humans.
“Once the mosquitoes are flying, and we know a certain proportion of them have the virus in them, they’re like little hypodermic needles and anyone who gets bitten by one of those mosquitoes is going to acquire an infection,” Santa Clara County Vector Control Assistant Manager Russ Parman said.
That’s why vector control is hunting for mosquitoes breeding. Trapping and testing are underway.
So far, no human cases of West Nile have been reported, but the virus is out there and the threat is real.