April 12, 2019
WNV dead bird hotline opens soon-response requested

Dear Local Agencies:
West Nile virus dead bird testing season is approaching. The public hotline (877-WNV-BIRD; 877-968-2473) will again be "live" starting April 15th, and public online reporting  will also continue  (  Staffed hours will be 8 am to 4:30 pm, M-F with Sundays added later in the season.
Please respond by clicking here:  to indicate whether your agency will begin accepting submittals for dead bird pickups on April 15th,  and any species limitations (such as "corvids, raptors, and songbirds only"). Your agency's status will be programmed into the database.
Protocols on the WNV website under Resources:


  • The Safe Practices Tutorial outlines proper safety techniques on handling and sampling dead birds for the cards
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Leslie Foss, M.S.
Arbovirus Biologist
Vectorborne Disease Section
California Department of Public Health
850 Marina Bay Parkway, Richmond, CA 94804
Phone: 510-412-6255
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MVCAC 2019 Attendees,

We have a woman's silver bracelet that was turned in, if anyone is looking for this bracelet please   email Rachel Hickerson.  

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CSDA Legislative Days

You are Cordially Invited to Special Districts Legislative Days
May 21 and 22 at the Sacramento Convention Center

A dynamic two-day conference, Special Districts Legislative Days provides attendees with the opportunity to hear from and interact with statewide policymakers and legislators, as well as to network and discuss district challenges with local and state elected officials.

Legislative Days includes addresses from California's highest decision-makers, including:
    • Newly Appointed California Director of Finance, Keely Bosler
    • Newly Appointed California Legislative Analyst, Gabriel Petek
Also, you may participate in breakout sessions with the leading experts covering the most pertinent issues facing each type of special district:
    • Mark Ghilarducci, Director of Governor's Office of Emergency Services
      • State and Local Partnership on Disaster Prevention, Preparation, and Recovery
    • Lutfi Kharuf, Associate, Best Best & Krieger
      • Special District Revenue Trials and Trends (MCLE Credit)
    • Russell Powell, Senior Vice President, Economic & Planning Systems, Inc.
      • Fallout from the Housing Crisis: RDAs, EIFDs, ADUs, DIFs, and More
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MVCAC News Briefs - Zika Updates
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MVCAC News Briefs - Other Outbreaks
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding other outbreaks.

4/12/19: Heavy Rains, End Of Drought Could Help Keep West Nile Virus Subdued - For Now - Kaiser Health News

4/10/19: New research suggests climate change could enable mosquitoes to evolve more rapidly - Yale Climate Connections

4/10/19: Las Vegas Valley mosquito monitoring operation begins - Las Vegas Review-Journal

4/9/19: CDC Advice on Avoiding Bug Bites - Sierra Sun Times

4/9/19: Reduction in mosquito breeding sites in Westmoreland - Jamaica Observer
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