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West Nile Virus Resources

mosquitoInformation and resources compiled by the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture on West Nile Virus, including links, publications, and maps. Includes basic facts about the disease, current status, recommendations for land owners and managers on how to help prevent the spread, methods of wetland restoration that are more likely to reduce mosquito populations, recommendations for individuals on how to avoid contracting the disease, and much more. This site is geared towards agencies, organizations, and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Region, but includes broader information that may be of interest or use.

The Joint Venture has a West Nile Virus Strategy and Communications Plan available upon request for Partners which includes information about the virus, key messages, a plan for proactive and reactive media coverage, a crisis management plan, quick facts, resources for additional information, and expert contacts.


Web Links | Documents | News Articles


Web Links & Contacts
General Information - including facts, maps, publications, etc.  
Map of Bay Area 2005 West Nile Virus Cases The latest rendition (10/31/05) of a WNV map created by William Hamersky, Environmental Specialist at the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.
California West Nile Surveillance Information Center State of California Department of Health Services Comprehensive Information about West Nile Virus including maps, press, links, and how to report dead birds
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California Quality public information, comprehensive mosquito and vector borne disease surveillance, training to high professional standards, effective legislative advocacy.

Mosquito Central

Mosquito and Vector Control Programs, Associations, and Districts

Comprehensive listings and links to Mosquiito Abatement and Control Districts -US and Canada.
Center for Disease Control The most up to date information on a wide range of topics relating to WNV and human health

USGS West Nile Virus Maps

Maps provided by the USGS for those studying the spatial distribution of the West Nile virus. The maps track which states have tested various carriers (such as birds, humans, and mosquitoes) for West Nile virus, and where these tests have turned up positive results.

Extent of WNV in California California Counties that are positive for WNV from the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District
American Mosquito Control Association Our mission is to provide leadership, information, and education leading to the enhancement of health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes and other vector-transmitted diseases, and the reduction of annoyance levels caused by mosquitoes and other vectors and pests of public health importance.


Contact agency for mosquitoes and west nile virus information for San Francisco

Environmental Health Section (EHS) of the Department of Public Health (SFDPH) DPH-Environmental Health Public Services program, 1390 Market St suite 210, San Francisco, CA 94102, Phone 415-252-3887/3805

Documents Description
How Mosquito Abatement and Wetland Design Can Help Reduce Mosquito Breeding Human influence within the salt marsh can radically change its conditions, with consequent changes in the number of individuals of any of the thousands of species of invertebrates and vertebrates.

Technical Guide to Best Management Practices for Mosquito Control in Managed Wetlands

This document is the result of the past year's work by the CVJV Technical Committee's Mosquito Working Group, and was written by USFWS and DFG staff with input from Mosquito and Vector Control Districts, University of CA staff, Department of Pesticide Control, and a host of others. If you would like a hard copy, please contact Ruth Ostroff.
West Nile Virus and Wetlands Wisconsin deals with WNV - stories about how to help combat mosquitoes and WNV with wetlands
Managing Mosquitoes in Surface-Flow Constructed Treatment Wetlands Peer Reviewed Publication by William E. Walton, Associate Professor and Associate Entomologist, Department of Entomology, University of California, Riverside. Produced by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Managing Mosquitoes in Stormwater Treatment Devices Peer Reviewed Publication by Marco E. Metzger, Vector-Borne Disease Section, California Department of Health Services. Produced by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
PRBO Policy for Handling Infected Birds PRBO Conservation Science developed this policy in 2003 that includes guidelines for handling live birds and reporting dead birds

CCMCVD Informational Brochure front and back

Informational brochure created by the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District
Mosquitoes Integrated Pest Management Around the Home Informational Publication produced by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

California Waterfowl - April/May 2003
Articles will be available soon

Produced by the California Waterfowl Association. This issue offers extensive coverage on Mosquitoes West Nile Virus and tips on the design of habitats for reducing populations of mosquitoes.
Questions and Answers about West Nile virus Informational brochure created by the Presidio Trust
News Articles Description
Study Summarizes West Nile Bird Losses
A study in NATURE in May 2007 summarized some of the losses in bird populations as a result of the emergence of West Nile Virus in 1999.
Well-functioning wetlands are the best defense against West Nile virus [pdf]
Article on page 4 from the Summer 2005 Forest Stewardship Program Newsletter of the California Department of Forestry and UC Cooperative Extension
West Nile: This year, that buzzing noise is more than an annoyance
Saturday, March 26, 2005
© 2005 The Press Democrat
The top 10 reasons why Northern California residents need to drain containers of standing water, clear gutters, stock ponds with mosquito fish and take other efforts to prevent mosquito infestations this year.
Latest breaking news and updates on West Nile virus Compilation of current press releases and news stories, kept up to date by the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District

West Nile virus turns up in Bay Area for 1st time

Sabin Russell, Maria Alicia Gaura, Chronicle Staff Writers
Thursday, July 22, 2004

©2004 San Francisco Chronicle
A dead crow found on an east San Jose lawn has tested positive for West Nile virus, signaling that a worrisome outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in Southern California has taken a big leap north and landed in the Bay Area...


University of California, Davis
June 29, 2004

A report released today by wildlife health experts at the University of California, Davis, warns that West Nile virus could pose a serious threat to some species, especially rare and endangered birds, and encourages officials to broaden existing monitoring efforts to track the virus's movement in the state...

Migration of a Virus
West Nile makes early appearance in state
Virus expected to move quickly from south to north

San Francisco Chronicle
April 12, 2004

"West Nile virus has made an early reappearance this spring in Southern California -- a bad omen for the rest of the state.

It's only a matter of time -- and not very much time -- before the sometimes deadly microbe makes its way northward, according to California health experts...

Health officials mobilize for return of West Nile

USA Today
March 17, 2004

"This year the mosquitoes are barely astir, but health officials already are bracing for the next onslaught of West Nile virus...

News archives from the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California  
ENN and EarthNews Broadcasts Description

EarthNews: Wetland Restoration [mp3]


Ellie Cohen of PRBO talks about how wetland restoration can play a role in minimizing mosquito populations and the collaborative efforts of the Joint Venture.

EarthNews: Restoring Wetlands [mp3]
Marge Kolar of USFWS discusses the value of wetlands while Ellie Cohen briefly covers how wetlands restoration design can play a role in reducing mosquito populations.

ENN Radio: Wetlands, Mosquitoes, and West Nile Virus David Lewis, William Hamersky and Joe Didonato participated in a live National broadcast on Earth News Network this afternoon with Jerry Kay, talking about wetlands, mosquitoes, and West Nile virus.

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