Posted by Mike Mainiero, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Aug 25, 2012 at 4:47 pm
TV news this month reported West Nile now detected locally... both in Atherton (a dead crow) & in Menlo Park (a dead squirrel). Is increased spraying related to this? Are two animal instances significant, or somewhat common? Are "detection chickens" being deployed locally? (Crow could have "passed through" yet contracted disease elsewhere; perhaps even the squirrel, though less likely, I would think. Apparently, chickens first are tested as negative before locating flocks in different neighborhoods; then, if any contract West Nile, confirms local transmission. Also might help detect any pockets of concentration, such as neighborhoods along the creek, etc.)
Also, if what is stated above can be confirmed, perhaps a series of articles might be considered, to educate readers on: what to look for, especially in dead animals; where call/email/website(s) to visit to report; increased awareness on standing water in one's yard; what to do if see conditions ripe for mosquito's around town; steps to protect people, especially children & seniors; symptoms to watch for in oneself and/or family; anything specific, especially if one's children take ill, as to immediately visit the doctor when one otherwise might let a day or two pass first; are pets susceptible? Are schools aware? Any specific student/parent awareness education plans in place at MPCSD, M-A HS, other schools? Lessons learned from other communities where West Nile has been for some time?
Or, is West Nile less of an issue/concern than was first reported in other regions, such as the East Coast, perhaps a decade or so back?