Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE     -     July 18, 2013

Contact: Deborah Bass
              Public Affairs Mgr.

(925) 771-6112 - office
(925) 260-4670 - mobile 


Mosquito control and personal protection reduces risk


CONCORD, CALIFORNIA - - The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District (District) announces  that one dead bird and a group of mosquitoes are positive for West Nile virus. The bird, an American crow, was found near Danville Boulevard and Camille Avenue in Alamo. The mosquitoes were trapped near Highway 4 and Cherry Hills Drive in Discovery Bay.


"The hot weather allows immature mosquitoes to develop quicker to become biting adult mosquitoes," said Deborah Bass, public affairs manager for the District.  "It's important to check your yard for any water that allows mosquitoes to thrive, and then simply dump that water out. The task is easy, but getting people to actually do that task can be challenging."


Birds are the reservoir for West Nile virus. People can become infected when a mosquito bites a bird and then a person. West Nile virus symptoms of the mild form include fever, headache, tiredness, body aches, and swollen lymph glands. While the illness can last only a few days, even healthy people have reported being sick for several weeks. West Nile virus of the severe form can be fatal.    


Residents are urged to help reduce their risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases by following these guidelines: 

  • Dump or drain standing water. Mosquitoes can't begin their life without water.
  • Defend yourself against mosquitoes using repellents containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are present, typically dawn and dusk.
  • Report neglected swimming pools by calling 925-771-6195 or visiting  Anonymous calls accepted. Just one neglected pool can produce more than 1 million mosquitoes and affect people up to five miles away. 

Since 2005, 42 people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus. In 2006, two people died from the disease. Recent studies have shown that the majority of cases are not diagnosed and grossly under reported. For 2013, a total of four groups of mosquitoes and five dead birds have tested positive for the virus.  


Visit the District's website or click on these links for  current West Nile virus activity  or to  receive automatic emails for when the District fogs for adult mosquitoes.


Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District, an independent special district and public health agency, is located at 155 Mason Circle in Concord. Call the District to report mosquito problems at (925) 771-6195 or visit their office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to get FREE mosquitofish for ornamental ponds, horse troughs or neglected swimming pools.    

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