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Tonight: Mosquito fogging in Menlo Park

Parts of Menlo Park will be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight (Aug. 11) to curb the spread of the West Nile virus, according to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus were detected in two areas within the 94025 zip code on Aug. 6, district officials said. The area to be treated with insecticide tonight is roughly bordered by University Drive to the north; Bay Laurel Drive to the east; Altschul Avenue and Sharon Road to the south; and Cam Al Lago to the west.

Trucks will start fogging at 9 p.m. tonight and finish by 5 a.m. tomorrow. The treatment may be repeated if the virus is found in mosquitoes collected after tonight's spraying, according to the district. The fogging will only take place when wind speeds are below 10 miles per hour, according to district officials, to ensure that the insecticide remains within the targeted area.

Mosquitoes transmit the virus through biting. Although the primary hosts are birds, it can also infect people, horses and other animals. Any standing pools of water should be drained to help prevent mosquitoes from proliferating, and people should use repellent and make sure door screens fit tightly, the district advised.

"West Nile Virus is more prevalent this year in San Mateo County and throughout the Bay Area," Nayer Zahiri, district laboratory director, said in a press release.

Contact the district at 650-344-5892 for more information or to request fogging in your area.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Sandy Brundage

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Posted by scary
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

West Nile virus can cause a polio-like flaccid paralysis. It's scary to know that the virus has been detected so close to Palo Alto. Hopefully the mosquitos carrying this virus will be eradicated.


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Posted by Been There
a resident of Stanford
on Aug 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

I had West Nile nine years ago, and I was sick for two months.

However, my aunt had it a year before that and it took her a year to recover.

There are vaccines for this for animals, especially horses, who have a 100% fatality rate with this. However, the FDA has yet to clear the human version.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Wild birds are a key to the transmission of West Nile Fver. People who are constantly promoting public policies that are *bird friendly* need to be constatly reminded that birds may not be your friends--no matter how much you think you are their friends--

Web Link

Wild birds are the principal hosts of West Nile virus. The virus has been isolated from a number of wetland and terrestrial avian species in diverse areas. High, long-term viremia, sufficient to infect vector mosquitoes, has been observed in infected birds, and the virus persists in the organs of inoculated ducks and pigeons for 20 to 100 days. Migratory birds are therefore hypothesized to be instrumental in the introduction of the virus to temperate areas of Eurasia during spring migrations. Rarely, West Nile virus has been isolated from mammals (several species of mice and hamsters, European Hare, an African fruit bat, camels, cattle, horses, dogs, a bushbaby, humans). Mammals are less important than birds in maintaining transmission cycles of the virus in ecosystems. Only horses and lemurs seem to support West Nile virus circulation locally. Frogs (Rana ridibunda) also can harbor the virus, and their donor ability for Cx. pipiens has been confirmed


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Posted by Suckers
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Spray poison on everyone to kill some mosquitos. What a brilliant plan.


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Posted by Protect Palo Alto foremost
a resident of another community
on Aug 25, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Got to love the first comment in support of spraying a poison in other cities so that Palo Alto is protected from the West Nile virus (and from spraying). You are next Palo Alto. Take a deep breath of the poison you applaud when it is sprayed elsewhere.


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