EAST PALO ALTO (BCN)
Crews will treat an area of the East Palo Alto for mosquitoes after the West Nile virus detected Thursday in that area, officials of the San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District said.
Then the treatment will take place between 9 pm Sunday and Monday, it allows the weather.
The area to be treated consists of all or part of Pulgas Gardens, Palo Mobile Estates and the Weeks Gateway neighborhood.
Vector Control officials said the treatment area is limited approximately by Beech Street in the north, Clarke Avenue to the west, East Bayshore Road to the South and San Francisquito Creek Trail to the east.
A map of the treatment area can be found on the vector control site's website at www.smcmvcd.org. Citizens with questions can call the district at (650) 344-8592.
"An adult mosquito infected with West Nile virus can transfer it to someone who bites, so we want to make sure we act quickly," said Megan Sebay, district public health program and outreach.
Sebay encourages residents to take precautions to avoid getting bites.
Residents can reduce the risk by using insecticides containing DEET, picaridine, lemon eucalyptus oil or IR3535 and follow the instructions on the label.
The residents can also reduce the risk of ensuring doors and windows have tightly mounted screens, eliminating standing water and wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.
Mosquitoes will be collected after treatment and more treatments can be done if the mosquitoes have the virus.
The virus can not be spread from person to person.
Dead birds are an early indication that the virus is in the area. Residents are advised to report dead birds or tree correls to the West Nile threat virus at www.westnile.ca.gov or at (877) 968-2473.
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