First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in LA County

News Release from LA County Dept. of Public Health All residents should take precautions against mosquitoes LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) confirms the first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection in Los Angeles County for the 2015 season (excluding counts in Long Beach and Pasadena). A male youth from the ... Read More

Shark Week isn’t so Scary When Compared to Mosquitoes

July 8, 2015 • There are more than 500 species of sharks swimming in the oceans around the world. • The great white shark can eat 11 tons of food in one year. • Some sharks can produce more than 20,000 teeth in their lifetimes. With facts like these, it’s easy to see how sharks can get a whole week … Read More

Less Rain and More Mosquitoes, Does that Even Make Sense?

Mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle… so you might suspect drought years would be good for mosquito problems. But, the opposite is, in fact, true. Warmer climates and stagnant, dirty water in our urban environments provide ideal conditions for mosquitoes to lay more eggs. In densely urban areas like southern California, mosquitoes can find water on almost any … Read More

West Nile Virus Update — It’s Back

It’s not really a surprise, since we see it every single year. But MANY people are surprised that West Nile virus (WNV) is still a problem in LA County. So far this year, we have confirmed WNV infected mosquitoes from the communities of Sylmar and Cudahy. (See the latest West Nile virus statistics) The California Department of Public Health recently reported that record-breaking … Read More

Three Things You May Not Know About West Nile Virus

1. It’s Endemic — West Nile virus is like traffic around shopping malls during holidays: You can expect it every year. Ever since it was first confirmed in California in 2003, our surveillance data of the virus always show it returning every year. Not all years are different (see the stats) since we do see some years with less activity compared … Read More

“Size Matters Not” – May the 4th Be With You Against Mosquitoes

Star Wars fans certainly love May 4th. Forget the Death Star and TIE fighters, because  mosquitoes should have been the one trick up the Dark Side’s sleeves (maybe they’ll show up in Ep. 7?). Whether or not you love Star Wars, we all agree we dislike these small bloodsuckers. As we leave spring and enter summer, we can’t forget that it only … 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

Knocking Out West Nile Virus

District staff members launched two door-to-door campaigns during the month of August in response to extremely high levels of West Nile virus activity throughout all of Greater Los Angeles County this summer. The District adheres to an aggressive, year-round mosquito abatement, surveillance and public outreach program; however, epidemic years call for additional outreach and control measures to protect the public … Read More