Fogging to prevent West Nile virus scheduled for San Jose, Milpitas

SANTA CLARA COUNTY (BCN) — A treatment operation aimed at preventing people from contracting West Nile virus is scheduled tonight in an area spanning between Milpitas and San Jose, according to the Santa Clara County Vector Control District.

The ground fogging operation comes after adult mosquitoes found in the area tested positive for the virus, vector control district officials said.

People don’t have to relocate while the treatment takes place in an area centered at South Park Victoria Drive and Yellowstone Avenue in Milpitas from 11 p.m. today to 2 a.m. Thursday, according to the vector control district.

The treatment will be conducted in an area roughly bordered by East Calaveras Boulevard to the north, Piedmont Road to the east, Cropley Avenue to the south and East Capitol Avenue, South Milpitas Boulevard, Gibraltar Drive and South Hillview Drive to the west.

Residents in the treatment area have been informed of the operation through door hangers, the county’s AlertSCC system and online neighborhood groups, district officials said.

People can close their windows and stay indoors to decrease exposure of the treatment to their family members or pets, according to district officials.

Most people who contract the virus through a mosquito bite don’t experience symptoms, which can include fever, headache and body aches, district officials said.

In some cases, the virus can lead to neurological damage or death and can put people at risk if they are more than 50 years old with chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and kidney disease, according to the vector control district.

Residents can help stop the virus from spreading by disposing standing water, where mosquitoes lay their eggs, making sure their doors and window screens are tightly fitted and to limit their time outdoors during the dawn and dusk hours, district officials said.

Anyone with questions about the treatment operation can contact district staff by phone today and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at (800) 314-2427 or by email at vectorinfo@deh.sccgov.org.

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