Zika UpdateAt this time, there is no confirmation that Los Angeles County mosquitoes are transmitting Zika to people.
There is no local outbreak now, but the mosquitoes that can transmit Zika are here.
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The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes mosquitoes. In addition, recent research has shown that Zika can be sexually transmitted.
So what do we do?
Vector control urges all residents to eliminate standing water around their home. Standing water is home to eggs and immature stages of the day-biting Aedes mosquitoes. Eliminating the mosquitoes and water sources now will greatly reduce our exposure to mosquito bites, and potential infection with imported viruses like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya.
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The District will continue controlling populations of invasive Aedes mosquitoes and monitoring the presence of viruses, like Zika, in the mosquitoes. The District has also been working closely with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, CA State Health, and other community health partners to ensure that the emergency response is in place.
Anyone who believes they have Aedes in their yards should take action to remove them today and contact the District for help. Many repellents are effective against Aedes mosquitoes – look for EPA approved products containing DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, and follow label directions for safety and efficacy.