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West Nile virus spraying set for Wednesday in Menlo Park

Adult mosquitoes have been found with the virus, whose symptoms can include fever, lingering fatigue

The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District will conduct a truck-mounted fogging of a large area of Menlo Park on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, Sept. 2 and 3, the district announced. The spraying is a result of the recent detection in adult mosquitoes of the West Nile virus in the city.

The area to be sprayed is bounded by Alma Street, Ravenswood Avenue, Ringwood Avenue, Coleman Avenue, Willow Road, Gilbert Avenue and the southern border of the town. See the map here.

The spraying will occur, weather permitting, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Residents can call the district at 344-8592 with questions.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever. Other symptoms may include headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Less than 1 percent of people develop more severe symptoms affecting their nervous system, and 10 percent of those people die, according to the CDC.

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