The COVID-19 pandemic is far from getting contained but it appears other health threats are slowly creeping in. Over in Milipitas, some mosquitoes collected tested positive for the West Nile virus. Crews from the Santa Clara County Vector Control now plan to spray mosquito control treatment in select parts of the region as a preventive measure.
Mosquito control spraying treatment is set to begin on Thursday in affected regions. People residing in affected areas are not required to relocate but urged to remain indoors to avoid exposure. The areas that are affected include the Dixon Landing Road to the north, North Milpitas Boulevard and North Abel Street to the east, Highway 237 and Bellew Drive to the west and North McCarthy Boulevard to the West, CBS reported. Locals will be informed if the treatment will be done in their area via door hangers, phone and email alerts through AlertSSC and social media.
The West Nile virus was originally discovered in 2003. More than 7,000 locals in the area have contracted the virus with 309 dying from it. There are no symptoms caused by the virus but may cause fever, headache and body aches. In extreme cases, the virus can leave people with severe neurological damage or death in some cases.
Similar to the coronavirus, the people at risk of contracting the West Nile virus are the ones aged over 50. People who also have some underlying medical condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and kidney-related disease are also at risk of contracting the disease.
Based on the latest reports, it appears that the virus is already spreading with Elk Grove and Illinois revealing mosquitoes also testing positive in their areas. Officials from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Vector Control District confirmed that their sample was taken from an area near Bond Road and Highway 99. The rise in cases is attributed to the warm weather, the time where the number of mosquitoes increase, CBS Sacramento reported.
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"It's important for residents to take these findings seriously and do everything they can to protect themselves," Gary Goodman, district manager, said.
In Illinois, the Des Plaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District collected a positive mosquito batch last May 31 from River Forest. The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District also collected a positive mosquito batch on June 5 in Evanston, KWQC reported.
No human cases have been reported so far but everyone is urged to take the necessary protective measures. This includes wearing insect repellent at all times. Locals are also urged to report dead birds and neglected pools.