Vector Press Release Archive
|4/20/2023||Deer Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus|
|4/19/2023||County to Conduct First Mosquito-fighting Larvicide Drop of 2023 Next Week|
|2/3/2023||First Local Detection of Hantavirus in 2023|
|9/30/2022||Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus in Guatay|
|4/26/2022||County to Conduct First Larvicide Drop of 2022|
|1/14/2022||Rodent tests positive for hantavirus, first local detection in 2022|
|12/17/2021||Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus|
|9/17/2021||Year’s First Human West Nile Virus Case Reported in San Diego|
|8/26/2021||Mice Collected in Mount Laguna Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|8/2/2021||Monthly Mosquito Larvicide Application Done by Hand Crews This Week|
|5/4/2021||County Conducts First Larvicide Drop; Reminds Public About Mosquito Prevention|
|4/28/2021||Two Deer Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|12/23/2020||Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus|
|8/12/2020||First Human, Travel Related West Nile Virus Case of 2020 Reported in County|
|7/2/2020||4 Wild Mice Collected in Campo Area Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|6/5/2020||Mosquito in Black Mountain Ranch Area Tests Positive for West Nile Virus|
|2/21/2020||Three Wild Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|1/15/2020||Cactus Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus, First Local Detection of 2020|
|11/15/2019||Mouse in Escondido Tests Positive for Hantavirus|
|11/13/2019||Hawk in Ramona Tests Positive for West Nile Virus|
|10/3/2019||Brush Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus in Julian|
|9/18/2019||County to Conduct Mosquito Larvicide Drop Thursday|
|8/30/2019||Ticks Test Positive for Tularemia, County Urges Hikers to Protect Themselves and Pets|
|8/16/2019||It’s Crazy Spider Dance Time; Orb Weaver Season is Back!|
|8/2/2019||Deer Mouse In Warner Springs Tests Positive for Hantavirus|
|5/23/2019||Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus|
|4/16/2019||Supervisor Cox, Health Officials Kick Off Mosquito, West Nile Virus Prevention Season|
|4/5/2019||Ticks Test Positive for Tularemia, First Detection in County This Year|
|4/3/2019||They’re Back! Spring is Crane Fly Season in San Diego County|
|3/26/2019||Three Deer Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|3/15/2019||Hawk Tests Positive for West Nile Virus, Protect Against Mosquitoes|
|1/18/2019||Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus, First Local Detection in 2019|
|12/28/2018||It's Not Just the Holiday Season, It's Tick Season|
|10/30/2018||Trick or Treaters Beware, Mosquitoes Vant to Suck Your Blood!|
|10/19/2018||First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2018 Reported in County|
|8/06/2018||County to Conduct Two Mosquito Larvicide Drops This Week|
|8/01/2018||10 Bugs that Could Bite or Sting You This Summer|
|7/18/2018||Infected Mosquitoes First West Nile Sign of Summer|
|6/05/2018||County to Conduct Mosquito Larvicide Drop Wednesday|
|6/01/2018||Invasive “Aussie Mozzie” Found in San Diego County|
|5/04/2018||County Set to conduct First Larvicide Drop of 2018 Mosquito Season|
|4/30/2018||Tips to Prevent Mosquito Breeding in Your Backyard|
|4/07/2018||County Seeks Public’s Help in Mosquito Prevention Kickoff|
|3/15/2018||The Rain is Here; Have You Mosquito-Proofed Your Rain Barrel?|
|2/27/2018||More Wild Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|2/23/2018||More Ticks Test Positive for Tularemia|
|2/13/2018||Ticks Test Positive for Tularemia|
|1/19/2018||Deer Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus|
|10/06/2017||First West Nile Virus Case of 2017 Prompts Mosquito Warning|
|9/15/2017||Squirrel Tests Positive for Plague Near Palomar Mountain|
|9/07/2017||County Opens Zika Outreach Campaign|
|8/16/2017||Zika Still a Threat in San Diego County|
|7/31/2017||8 Tips to Prevent Zika When Traveling|
|7/18/2017||County to Conduct Fifth Mosquito Larvicide Drop Wednesday|
|5/01/2017||The Man to Bug About Bugs|
|4/18/2017||Mosquito Season is Back; County Conducts First Larvicide Drop of 2017|
|4/17/2017||Bat Found Inside Safari Park Tests Positive for Rabies|
|4/14/2017||County: Mosquito Fight is West Nile Virus, Zika Fight|
|3/29/2017||Giant Mosquito? Mosquito-Eater? Nope, It's a Crane Fly!|
|3/28/2017||First Local Zika-related Birth Defect Reinforces Travel Advisory|
|3/10/2017||County Urges Public to Find, Dump Out Standing Water Around Homes|
|3/06/2017||6 Tips to Keep Ticks Off|
|2/24/2017||Have You Mosquito-proofed Your Rain Barrel?|
|2/08/2017||Hawk Tests Positive for West Nile Virus; Protect Against Mosquitoes|
|1/19/2017||Deer Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|11/21/2016||County to Hand-spray Nestor Neighborhood in Travel-related Zika Case|
|11/15/2016||County to Hand-spray Spring Valley Neighborhood in Travel-related Zika Case|
|11/8/2016||County to Hand-spray Escondido Neighborhood in Travel-related Zika Case|
|10/25/2016||County to Hand-Spray Chula Vista Neighborhood in Travel-related Zika Case|
|10/13/2016||Know Your Mosquitoes? Read the Tale of the Tape!|
|9/29/2016||County to Hand-spray for Mosquitoes in Lemon Grove Neighborhood|
|9/19/2016||Probable Human West Nile Virus Death Reported|
|9/15/2016||County on Front Lines to Stop Zika Spread|
|9/13/2016||County Drops Larvicide to Fight West Nile Virus|
|9/10/2016||County to Spray Grant Hill Neighborhood for Mosquitoes in Travel-related Zika Case|
|9/7/2016||County to Spray for Mosquitoes in Adams North Neighborhood in New Travel-related Zika Case|
|9/1/2016||County Cranks Volume on Mosquito-borne Illness Prevention Call|
|8/18/2016||County to Spray to Prevent Mosquito-borne Illness|
|8/3/2016||First 2016 Human West Nile Virus Case Reported in County|
|7/26/2016||5 Tips to Keep Rats Out of Your Home|
|7/12/2016||County Conducts Mosquito Larvicide Drop|
|7/07/2016||Batches of Mosquitoes Testing Positive for West Nile virus|
|6/27/2016||Mosquitofish, the Mosquito's Worst Nightmare|
|5/16/2016||Mosquito Control Spraying Set For Areas of North Torrey Pines, South Del Mar|
|3/04/2016||Make Sure Your Rain Barrel is Mosquito-proof!|
|2/10/2016||Two Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus|
|1/29/2016||Zika Virus and San Diego County; What You Should Know|
West Nile Virus Update: Number of Suspected Cases Falling
For the second straight week, the number of San Diego County residents testing positive for West Nile virus seemed to be leveling off.
West Nile Virus Update: No New Human Deaths; Bird Numbers Still Rising
The number of San Diego County residents testing positive for West Nile virus leveled off this week.
West Nile Virus Update: 30 Cases, Five Deaths
The number of people in San Diego County who have tested positive for West Nile virus — confirmed and probable cases — this year has increased to 30 including five deaths, County officials said Wednesday.
West Nile Virus Deaths Increase to Four
State testing has corroborated local findings that two more San Diego County residents have died from West Nile virus, bringing the total number of county residents killed by the virus this year to four.
West Nile Virus Update: Six More County Residents Test Positive
The state has confirmed that six more San Diego County residents have tested positive for West Nile virus, bringing this year’s total in the county to 17, including two previously reported deaths.
Second Death Due to West Nile Virus Confirmed
Five more San Diego County residents have been confirmed to have been infected with West Nile virus, bringing the total number of people who have contracted the mosquito-driven disease this year to 11.
The Asian tiger mosquito has been found here for the first time since 2001, and the County's Vector Control Program is trying to determine if the pest is here to stay. If you experience an indoor mosquito infestation, call the Vector Control Hotline at (858) 694-2888.
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West Nile Virus Update: State Confirms New Cases
Two more San Diego County residents have been confirmed as positive for West Nile virus, bringing the total number of people confirmed as contracting the mosquito-driven disease this year to five. That figure includes one fatality previously reported as a suspected case, a 79-year-old San Diego woman who died Sept. 8.
New Invader: Asian Tiger Mosquito Found in County
Another daytime-biting, invasive mosquito thought to have been killed off here more than a decade ago has been discovered in San Diego County.
Two Probable Human West Nile Virus Cases Reported
The death of a 79-year-old San Diego woman on Sept. 8 and the recent hospitalization of an 80-year-old Santee woman are under investigation as probable West Nile virus cases, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today. The 80-year-old woman is currently recovering.
First 2015 Human West Nile Virus Case Reported in County
A 73-year-old Del Mar man has been confirmed as the first locally acquired human case of West Nile virus this year, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.
County Conducts Larvicide Drop as West Nile Virus Season Heats Up
San Diego County’s environmental health department will conduct its sixth aerial drop of larvicide of the year on wetlands around the county Wednesday to help keep mosquito populations down and West Nile virus at bay.
Harvest Mouse Tests Positive for Hantavirus
A wild harvest mouse caught in routine monitoring has tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus, San Diego County environmental health officials said today.
It's Rained Cats and Dogs; Don't Let it Grow Mosquitoes
Seeing summer rain in San Diego County is more than a shock — it’s also a good time to remind people to protect themselves against West Nile virus by making sure to mosquito-proof or dump out standing water around their homes.
Squirrel On Palomar Mountain Tests Positive for Plague
A squirrel trapped in routine surveillance on Palomar Mountain has tested positive for plague, the first detection of the disease in San Diego County in 2015.
Number of Birds Infected with West Nile Virus Tops 2014
Fifty dead birds infected with West Nile virus have been collected in San Diego County midway through 2015 — more than the 41 collected in all of 2014 — County Department of Environmental Health officials said this week.
More West Nile Virus Infected Mosquitoes Found
San Diego County vector control inspectors have collected three new batches of mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus, in another sign that this year could be a tough one regarding the potentially fatal disease.
Numbers of Dead Birds Testing Positive for West Nile Virus Rising
The number of dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus in San Diego County has spiked, prompting County environmental health officials to remind people to protect themselves from mosquitoes that can transmit the disease to humans.
Fifth Bird This Year Positive for West Nile Virus
A dead American crow found in Lemon Grove has tested positive for West Nile virus, the fifth dead bird that has tested positive for the disease this year, San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEH) officials said Tuesday.
Should You Report that Dead Bird You've Found?
OK, you’ve found a dead bird — and you know that birds can carry the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
Two More Dead Birds Test Positive for West Nile Virus
Two more deads birds have tested positive for West Nile virus, San Diego County environmental health officials said Friday.
Dead Hawk Marks First West Nile Virus Appearance of 2015
A dead hawk found in Spring Valley has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first appearance of the potentially deadly disease in San Diego County in 2015.
Invasive Mosquitoes Now Found in North County
For the second time in a week, County environmental health officials have found evidence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, an aggressive, day-feeding invasive mosquito that has the potential to carry serious diseases.
First 2015 Detection of New Invasive Mosquito
County of San Diego environmental health officials have confirmed the discovery of another Aedes aegypti mosquito, a day-feeding invader that can carry serious diseases and was found here for the first time last year.
Two Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus
County environmental health officials are reminding people to be careful whenever they find signs of rodents living in homes, sheds and garages after two western harvest mice tested positive for the potentially deadly hantavirus.
Officials Urge West Nile Virus Vigilance
San Diego County environmental health officials have found four more dead birds that tested positive for West Nile virus — and are reminding people they should continue to protect themselves from mosquitoes in a year when even winter isn’t slowing down the disease.
SUSPECTED WEST NILE VIRUS DEATH REPORTED IN SAN DIEGO
A 71-year-old man from the San Carlos neighborhood of San Diego is believed to have died from West Nile virus, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.
TWO MORE INVASIVE MOSQUITOES FOUND, PUBLIC URGED TO PREVENT BREEDING GROUNDS
County vector control officials are setting traps and again urging people to empty standing water inside and outside their homes to keep mosquitoes from breeding after finding two more invasive mosquitoes this week.
NEW INVASIVE MOSQUITO FOUND IN COUNTY
County environmental health officials are asking the public for help after the discovery of a new invasive mosquito in San Diego County that feeds in daylight hours and can transmit several diseases.
STATE CONFIRMS LA MESA MAN DIED FROM WEST NILE VIRUS
The cause of the recent death of a 78-year-old La Mesa man was confirmed as West Nile virus (WNV), the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced today.
DEER MOUSE IN FALLBROOK TESTS POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS
A North American deer mouse trapped in routine monitoring in a rural part of Fallbrook has tested positive for hantavirus, and County officials are reminding people to be careful if they ever have to clean up mice or rodent nests.
COUNTY URGES PUBLIC TO REMEMBER IT'S STILL WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON
The calendar may say that fall has arrived, but warm weather means San Diego County residents still need to remember to protect themselves from mosquitoes and the potentially deadly West Nile virus.
SQUIRRELS TEST POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE
County officials are reiminding people to protect themselves when they hike and camp after two squirrels trapped in routine monitoring in the Palomar Mountain area tested positive for plague.
SAN DIEGO RESIDENT WITH WEST NILE VIRUS HOSPITALIZED
A La Mesa man was recently hospitalized with West Nile virus and an El Cajon woman, who was treated as an outpatient, is listed as probably having the virus, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) reported today.
HAWK TESTS POSITIVE
FOR WEST NILE VIRUS
MOUSE TESTS POSITIVE
TWO SQUIRRELS TEST
POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE
FIRST LOCAL HUMAN
CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN 2014 REPORTED
CAT TESTS POSITIVE
COUNTY OFFERS STEPS
TO KEEP PESTS AT BAY IN FIRE AREAS
COUNTY URGES PUBLIC
TO PROTECT AGAINST TICKS AFTER TULAREMIA FIND
TWO MICE TEST
POSITIVE FOR HANTAVIRUS
YOURSELF FROM RODENTS, HANTAVIRUS
BIRDS SHOW WEST NILE VIRUS SEASON NOT OVER
HIKERS: KEEP PLAGUE AWAY, STEER CLEAR OF SQUIRRELS
PROTECT, PREVENT, REPORT: DEAD CROW
PROMPTS WEST NILE VIRUS REMINDER
FINDS TWO MORE CROWS KILLED BY WEST NILE VIRUS
LOCAL WEST NILE VIRUS SIGN OF 2013
SQUIRRELS TEST POSITIVE FOR PLAGUE