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Menlo Park Begins Eradication Program for Yellow Fever Mosquito

Post Date:11/04/2013 4:30 PM

SAN MATEO, Calif. – On November 2nd, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District conducted a press conference in Menlo Park to distribute information and provide instruction to residents on how they can help eradicate the recently discovered yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti)population. The Menlo Park Fire Protection Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) also completed a community door-to-door campaign to highlight the importance of residents eliminating eggs in water-holding containers.

“While the current risk of disease transmission from this mosquito remains low, it’s important to make every effort to eradicate this population and prevent the possibility of any future disease transmission” said Dr. Scott Morrow, Health Officer for San Mateo County. “The public can help by surveying around their house and neighborhood and eliminate even the smallest amount of standing water, since these mosquitos lay eggs in water, just above the water line.”

Aedes aegypti mosquitos are capable of surviving as eggs in dry containers over the winter, and hatching in the spring when the weather is warmer. The goal is to eliminate eggs in containers that can hold water, such as saucers, buckets, jars, and pots. Therefore public awareness and community participation are necessary for the successful elimination of this mosquito population.

Residents can destroy the mosquito eggs with any of the following methods:

  • Scrubbing with bleach or household cleaner 
  • Adding sand 
  • Drilling holes in bottom of container to prevent further water accumulation 
  • Calling the San Mateo Mosquito and Vector Control District (650) 344-8592 with questions about removing containers or to schedule an inspection

California Department of Public Health confirmed the identification of a yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti) in August 2013 in a residential area of the city of Menlo Park. The Aedes aegypti species is not native to California; however it is a common mosquito in urban areas of the southeastern United States. The yellow fever mosquito has the potential to transmit several viruses, including dengue and yellow fever. This type of mosquito was found earlier this summer in the counties of Fresno and Madera; no illnesses associated with this mosquito have been reported so far.

Read entire press release here.

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