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By Richard K. Ho, M.D., MBA | Agent in Saratoga, CA

REALTORS® Can Help Prevent Spread of West Nile Virus and same can you homeowners!

Being a M.D. realtor I cannot agree more on what realtors can do to suggest homeowners to  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.....
REALTORS® Can Help Prevent Spread

of West Nile Virus

At this week’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 county’s vector control agency. The 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 won’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 —Texas, South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Michigan—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.


By Mountain Rain,  Sat Sep 1 2012, 20:40
M.D. Realtor, you must have lots of knowledge to share on this topic! I'm all ears :)
By Richard K. Ho, M.D., MBA,  Sun Sep 2 2012, 07:14
Yes, there are so many obvious and obscure ones you can find in your own home which can be be hazardous to your own health and/or others- the that is how an epidemic started like the West Niles in Texas, tyhe Hunter virus in Yosemite, and not to mention the Black Death of Balbonic plaques which killed 1/3 population in Europe in the Middle Age......(: .well, not to scare anybody. These are all home borne episodes which can be prevented by more alerts and awareness.
Can you name some in your househouse which can potentially caused ailments(as simple as hay fevers) and can be eliminated or averted?
By Richard K. Ho, M.D., MBA,  Tue Sep 11 2012, 23:01
Did I scare everyone? Most buyers only think about termites, bad mold, asbestos.......they are bad and expensive to eliminate. There a lot more you need to be aware of to keep the household healthy and happy as well as for your neigbors. Do I have any daring souls want to keep the discussion going.---- or have you notice anything strange in your home?

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