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“Keep Zika Out” Workshops in Carson

Residents unite with community leaders and vector control to fight mosquitoesSpring is right around the corner and so are warm temperatures...the perfect time for mosquitoes and viruses to begin spreading! All Carson residents are invited to these FREE public health workshops. Vector Control will be teaching people about the best tips to keep their kids safe, their communities mosquito-free, and ... Read More

Where in California are Aedes Mosquitoes?

After learning that invasive Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are in their community, many residents wonder where else they could be in California. Wonder no more. Here is an interactive map showing confirmed invasive Aedes mosquitoes throughout the state of California. Click HERE to launch map. To see a list of cities and communities infested with Aedes mosquitoes within … Read More

Zika Study: Birth defects, including microcephaly can occur later

2016 photos show Brazilian infants born with microcephaly caused by the Zika virus. (Felipe Dana/AP) Recently, a CDC study from December 2015 is making rounds around the Internet and within the public health industry. The study confirmed that microcephaly (abnormal brain development) can occur several months to a year after a child has been born. According to the study, "these ... Read More

Where Does Vector Control Go During the Winter?

During the winter, mosquitoes are the last thing people in Southern California think about. Does this mean that vector control go into hibernation until spring? Not quite. As we see in this video, vector control still need to stay on top of mosquitoes throughout winter. In the underground storm drains, millions of mosquitoes hunker down from the cold. In addition, … Read More

Itching to Make Your Voice Heard? $25 to Share Your Thoughts on Mosquito Control

Event Flyer in Spanish and English Come share your thoughts on community mosquito control strategies with your Local Vector Control Agencies and Public Health Officials. We are working to protect our communities from illnesses such as Zika virus and want to hear from you. $25 cash earned by participants who pre-register for meeting. Additional stipend available for Child Care -- more ... Read More

What You Need to Know About Zika and Mosquitoes

Zika UpdateAt this time, there is no confirmation that Los Angeles County mosquitoes are transmitting Zika to people.For the latest information, visit CDC or the County of Los Angeles Public Health. There is no local outbreak now, but the mosquitoes that can transmit Zika are here. More Info: Are They In Your Community? The virus is transmitted through the bite of infected Aedes ... Read More

California State Health: Avoid Mosquito Bites While Traveling

From California Department of Public Health 5/26/16 Public Health Officer Cautions Californians to Avoid Mosquito Bites While Traveling   SACRAMENTO – With summer fast approaching, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds Californians to avoid mosquito bites during travel to Latin American countries and the Caribbean. There have been increased reports … Read More

Invasive mosquitoes are in Silver Lake. Here’s What You Can Do About It

A special post in paternership with the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council April 2016 Autumn 2015 marks the first time our agency confirmed Aedes mosquitoes in Silver Lake. And just last month, we found them again around people’s homes. Aedes mosquitoes are invasive to the area and are excellent vectors (transmitters) of diseases such as Zika and dengue viruses. The health department has ... Read More