Parts of Sunnyvale and Santa Clara are spilled late Thursday night as part of mosquito control to protect against the spread of West Nile virus.
The Vector Control District of Santa Clara County planned the 11 p. Treatment of mosquito nets after testing that a sample of adult mosquitoes near Sunnyvale and Santa Clara tested positive for the virus.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and can cause mild to severe flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, and body aches. In severe cases, according to the district, the virus can cause significant neurological damage and even death.
The treatment takes about three hours and focuses on the Central Expressway and the Semiconductor Drive. The areas are bounded by Lakeside Drive and E. Ahwanne, Almaden, Alvarado and Amador avenues in the north; Peterson Way, Bowers Avenue and Garrett, Oakmead Village and Uranium travel to the east; Gardenia Way, Lily Avenue, Monroe Street and Blue Sage, Erica, Fuchsia, Notre Dame, Vincent and Agate Drive to the South; and San Juan Drive, S. Wolfe Road and N. Fair Oaks, America and E. Evelyn Avenues to the west.
Residents do not have to move during treatment, but can minimize their exposure by closing windows and staying indoors. Those who have chemical sensitivities can consult their doctors, according to the district.
Employees of the Santa Clara County Vector Control District are available for questions and information from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the week at (800) 314-2427.