Being a M.D. realtor I cannot agree more on what realtors can do toÂ suggestÂ homeowners to Â prevent many terrible epidemics which are houseborne- most obvious ones is like this example. I will write more on what I have observed in the coming blogs.....
REALTORSÂ® Can Help Prevent Spread
of West Nile Virus
At this weekâ€™s Cupertino/Sunnyvale District tour meeting, Tour Director Mark Burns asked members to be on the lookout for standing water with mosquito larvae which could transmit the West Nile virus (WNV) in homes they visit. The California Department of Public Health has requested real estate professionals who regularly access unoccupied and for sale homes to report any neglected pools or standing water with the larvae to the countyâ€™s vector control agency. TheÂ agency will then send someone to the home to treat the water.
Burns said reporting standing water which can breed thousands of potentially disease-carrying mosquitoes can help reduce the risk of West Nile virus transmission, so city officials wonâ€™t need to resort to spraying, as they have in some cities. Residents can help by properly disposing of unused tires, cans, or buckets; emptying plastic or unused swimming pools and pool covers and other receptacles that collect water, unclogging blocked rain gutters around homes or businesses. Such assistance will help reduce the risk of WNV transmission. Early and aggressive campaign against mosquito breeding areas will reduce the need for the spraying of pesticides.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne virus that can infect humans, birds, horses and other mammals. In most humans, West Nile virus infection causes a mild or moderate, short-lived flu-like illness, or causes no symptoms at all. In some cases, particularly among persons 50 years of age and older, it can cause serious neurological diseases such as encephalitis, meningitis, or acute flaccid paralysis or death.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six states â€”Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michiganâ€”are experiencing 70 percent of the cases. Compared to last year, the virus is up 40 percent nationally. To date in 2012, 10 human cases of WNV in California have been reported, with one death announced early this month.
To request service or more information about WNV and other vector-borne diseases, contact the Santa Clara County Vector Control District at (408) 918-4770.