West Nile virus spraying set for Wednesday in Menlo Park


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 today. 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.

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Posted by Enuff
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 31, 2015 at 12:45 pm

n spite of its exotic, fear-inducing name, the West Nile virus is far milder than many flu viruses. Most people never have any symptoms, and only 1% of those who develop symptoms get seriously ill. There have been only 2 deaths from West Nile Virus in Northern California this year, and those who succumbed were elderly and frail. "Your health is put at a much higher risk of harm from mosquito fogging than it is from West Nile Virus." See: Web Link and Web Link
Regarding the recent mosquito fogging/spraying in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the chemical used, etofenprox, is a neurotoxin that is also carcinogenic and lingers for months: "In 60 days there is still 25% left… and even at 210 days there is still 3% present on the soil."
Thankfully, there is a pending lawsuit in Santa Clara County to stop this outrageous "fogging" that is already killing bees and covering people’s properties with an invisible layer of long-lasting poisonous chemical dust. It would seem the big scare over West Nile Virus has more to do with the pesticide company finding markets for its products, and our counties’ over-zealous Vector agencies.

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Posted by Peter the Skeeter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Why not include MA? Lots of skeeters over there!

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Posted by SteveC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 31, 2015 at 1:51 pm

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Be interesting to see the results of the law suit.

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Posted by Peter the Skeeter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 31, 2015 at 2:25 pm

Whats the intersection of anti-foggers and anti-vaxxers look like?

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Posted by NotEnuff
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 31, 2015 at 3:27 pm

Isn't it amazing what junk-science lies the wild-eyed environmentalists fall back on for want of a valid argument against protecting our town by spraying for mosquitoes! A quick look back at the history of mosquito-borne disease and its impact on mankind before the days when such sprays were available will quickly confirm that we are blessed to have this resource. Our Mosquito District came into existence over a hundred years ago because of the severity of the problem. Thank God mankind has been given the scientific knowledge to protect ourselves in spite of idiots.

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Posted by Cal
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 31, 2015 at 5:55 pm

30 some yrs ago they sprayed for fruit flies at night-- malathion? I remember as a kid helping my parents cover their car at night with plastic sheeting. I'm healthy and fine-- except for my memory- but i don't think that has anything to do with the poison. Anyway, everyone that's worried should really concern themselves with the mind control substances in Chem-trails.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 31, 2015 at 6:27 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.


I really hope your post was tongue in cheek. At least the part about "chemtrails."

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Posted by Agent Orange
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Sep 1, 2015 at 8:51 am

Enuff I'm not sure if you've walked around Menlo Park much, but there are quite a few older residents and young children that are in the at risk category, so, spray on!

(I typed this with the extra digits on my hands with no ill effects.)

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