LIVERMORE -- Concern over an inordinate number of Alameda County's West Nile virus cases occurring in Livermore is prompting the county's Mosquito Abatement District to treat areas of the city with an insecticide on Thursday night and early Friday morning.
District personnel will be applying the insecticide from a truck with a spray nozzle to two areas of the city between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
The first area is bordered by Arroyo Seco to the north, Buena Vista Avenue to the west, South Vasco Road on the east and Tesla Road on the south. The second is bordered by Encino Drive and El Caminito to the north, Murdell Lane to the west, El Padro Drive to the east and Concannon Boulevard to the south.
According to the district, Livermore has had 24 of Alameda County's 30 West Nile virus-positive dead birds, and eight groups of positive-testing mosquitoes.
"We need all residents of the county, especially those in the Livermore area, to help us fight West Nile virus by eliminating standing water on their property," said District Manager Chindi Peavey in a news release. "It is also important to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Limit outdoor activities when mosquitoes are active, wear pants and long sleeves if practical and apply insect repellent on exposed skin."
Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting and/or rashes.
For information about mosquitoes and West Nile virus, visit www.westnile.ca.gov or contact the Alameda County Public Health Department at 510-267-8001.
Contact Jeremy Thomas at 925-847-2184. Follow him at Twitter.com/jet_bang.
For maps of the mosquito treatment areas, see http://bit.ly/1od4ZL1 and http://bit.ly/1od52GA