Quirk Bill to Help Prevent Yellow Fever, West Nile and Zika Viruses is Signed

Press Release from Assemblymember Bill Quirk
October 2, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Following a wet winter and warm summer, mosquito experts throughout the state are moving fast to maintain public health and prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Recognizing this, today Governor Newsom signed AB 320, authored Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D – Hayward). AB 320 establishing a preventive surveillance system and database, known as CalSURV, to track and predict where disease-spreading mosquitoes might emerge.

“It is critical that California supports the tools that will help us get ahead of potential threats to the public health, including the West Nile and Zika viruses,” said Assemblymember Quirk. “Real-time surveillance and improved statewide communications can help mosquito control agencies prevent the spread of invasive mosquitoes.”

The CalSURV Program provides centralized storage of data collection and analysis for the presence of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases throughout the state. The University of California (UC) Davis, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and local mosquito control agencies will work together to provide real-time reporting of potentially dangerous mosquitoes and mosquito-borne virus activity.

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