Mosquitoes with West Nile virus prompt treatment in Milpitas

FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is counting cases.  In a change announced Friday, May 20, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will count all women who tested positive,  regardless of whether they had suffered symptoms.  (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 27, 2016, file photo, an Aedes aegypti mosquito is photographed through a microscope at the Fiocruz institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. The number of pregnant women in the United States infected with Zika virus is suddenly tripling, due to a change in how the government is counting cases. In a change announced Friday, May 20, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will count all women who tested positive, regardless of whether they had suffered symptoms. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

MILPITAS (KRON) — Mosquito fogging operations are set to happen on Wednesday night near the Great Mall shopping center in Milpitas, according to the Santa Clara County Vector Control District.

Mosquitoes recently found in the area tested positive for West Nile virus, vector control said.

The fogging is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. and last for about 3 hours.

The treatment zone is centered at South Park Victoria Drive and Yellowstone Avenue, impacting people with a 95035 ZIP code, vector control district officials said. 78fdc9223a6e47748bf4ba52da3aca1b

The fogging will take place in an area roughly bordered by Los Pinos Avenue and Kennedy Drive to the north, Piedmont Road to the east, Landess Avenue to the south and South Milpitas and North Milpitas boulevards to the west, district officials said.

A majority of the area south of East Calaveras Boulevard was treated on Aug. 31, according to district officials.

“Continued discovery of West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in this area indicates that risk of human infection may be elevated there,” district assistant manager Russ Parman said in a statement.

“However, all residents of the county should take precautions against mosquito bites,” Parman said.

Residents can stay inside while the treatment takes place and close their windows to decrease exposure to their family members or pets, district officials said.

People can be infected with the virus through a mosquito bite, but don’t experience the symptoms such as fever, headache or body aches.

The public can prevent mosquito bites by draining out any standing water where the flies tend to lay their eggs and make sure their doors and windows are repaired, district officials said.

People can also limit their time outdoors during the dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active, according to district officials.

Residents were informed of the operations earlier this week through door hangars and notices on multiple online neighborhood groups, district officials said.

Anyone with questions on the treatment can contact district staff by calling (800) 314-2427 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday or sending an email to vectorinfo@deh.sccgov.org.

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