Chikungunya — Chikun-wha? Say that Again?

In the past few weeks, media outlets across the country have increasingly reported on chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) cases. No, it’s not a new fad and it doesn’t involve selfies. Chikungunya is an illness caused by a virus that spreads through mosquito bites. There have been more than 50 cases of people infected with chikungunya travelling back to the U.S. from the … Read More

Residents Open Doors to Help Knock Down Invasive Species

There’s a new mosquito in town and South El Monte residents and city officials are working with the District to kick the pest out of their backyards. The Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) originate from Southeast Asia. They were discovered within the District in fall 2011. The dangerous mosquito has the potential to spread diseases such as dengue fever and … Read More

GLACVCD 2012 – Year in Review

Many parts of the nation experienced record numbers of West Nile virus (WNV) cases this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week more than 5,245 cases of WNV in people, including 236 deaths nationwide so far this year. Locally, the year began as a relatively moderate one until WNV activity spiked in August. In comparison to recent … Read More

GLACVCD Welcomes Second SEED Program Cohort District Staff Teach and Learn

SEED Cohort II Group Photo Californians enjoy an envious lifestyle in many regards. As far as vector control is concerned, residents are privileged to have five vector control districts within Greater Los Angeles County and over 65 throughout the state protecting their health. With ecologists, vector control specialists, and public education staff under its helm, GLACVCD is effective in defending … Read More