Keep Zika Out: L.A. County Public Health Agencies to Hold Preparedness Exercise

WHAT
Trained staff will conduct a “boots on the ground” exercise to alert residents about the Aedes mosquitoes that can transmit Zika virus. Teams will conduct a door-to-door campaign in an El Monte neighborhood – one of many neighborhoods in the Los Angeles County with the Aedes mosquitoes.

WHO
• Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (www.glacvcd.org)
• San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District (www.sgvmosquito.org)
• Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (www.publichealth.lacounty.gov)

WHEN AND WHERE
• Saturday, 4/22/17 at 8:30 a.m.
• Meet at the El Monte Community Center at 3130 Tyler Ave, El Monte, CA 91731. Teams will be canvasing the surrounding neighborhood.

WHY
The goal of the exercise is to increase public awareness of the Aedes mosquito threat and for public health agencies to improve existing response strategy. Invasive Aedes mosquitoes in Los Angeles County have the potential to transmit Zika, dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya to people. Since 2015, there has been more than 115 travel-related cases of Zika in L.A. County.

PHOTO OP
• Multiple groups in a neighborhood passing out Aedes mosquito brochures
• Staff inspecting yards for mosquito breeding sources
• Residents talking to staff about Zika threat

About Vector Control: The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District (SGVMVCD) and the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) are two of five vector control agencies that provide services and programs in Los Angeles County. Since 2011, vector control districts have been consistently working together to fight the invasive Aedes mosquitoes that have the potential to transmit Zika, dengue fever, chikungunya, and yellow fever to people. For more information about SGVMVCD, visit www.sgvmosquito.org. For more information about GLACVCD, visit www.glacvcd.org.