Protecting Against West Nile Virus
Posted by Mitchell Englander on August 12, 2016 at 8:55 AM
Throughout the summer, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) will be emphasizing the importance of mosquito control and disease prevention.
The GLACVCD recommends residents follow the Three D's of West Nile virus prevention to protect themselves and their families:
Dump/Drain—Eliminate or report standing water on your property because that's where mosquitoes breed.
Dusk/Dawn—Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.
Defend—If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and Oil of lemon eucalyptus.
The public is encouraged to report dead birds to help with West Nile virus surveillance and control efforts because birds play an important role in maintaining and spreading the virus. To reach the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), call their toll-free hotline at 877-WNV BIRD or visit them on-line at www.westnile.ca.gov.
For more information, please contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 or visit www.glacvcd.org.
The summer mosquito breeding season is here and residents need to take measures to protect against mosquito bites and disease transmission.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District
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