SAN JOSE -- A mosquito abatement crew is scheduled to return to northeast San Jose on Friday night after specimens bearing the West Nile virus were found in the area.
The operation will begin at 11 p.m., weather permitting, and targets an area that overlaps with the Berryessa spraying last month. This one will take place south of Hostetter Road, on both sides of Interstate 680 as far west as the San Jose Municipal Golf Course and east to Morrill Avenue.
It comes on the heels of a Wednesday night operation in Milpitas taking place between interstates 880 and 680, from Dixon Landing Road in the north to Route 237 in the south.
They are the fifth and sixth foggings in Santa Clara County this year.
Information packets are being distributed in the area, and vector control staff will be available to answer questions from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 408-918-3452 or 800-314-2427.
Santa Clara County Vector Control officials have said they are seeing escalated levels of the virus, and this year's first human case of West Nile in Santa Clara County was recently confirmed.
The local woman who contracted the virus in mid-July was hospitalized briefly with viral meningitis and is now recovering at home. Details were not released because of patient confidentiality rules, but she was said to be in her 30s and otherwise in good health. She is not from one of the "hot zones" where the virus has been detected, said county health officials.
Before her case, the last case in Santa Clara County was in 2011, and was fatal. Before that there was one case in 2008, four in 2007 and five in 2006.
Contact Eric Kurhi at 408-920-5852. Follow him at Twitter.com/erickurhi.