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Pasadena Public Health Department

West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week

This year, California State Assembly approved a resolution to recognize April 20-26, 2014 as West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week. Although to date there are no locally acquired cases of West Nile Virus in Pasadena, it is important that Pasadena residents help prevent the breeding of all mosquitoes species, including those that carry the West Nile Virus by emptying all standing water in containers left outside, keeping swimming pools clean, and regularly checking for mosquito larvae in still water sources such as bird baths and ponds. 

You can also protect yourself by taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. Preventive measures include wearing repellants containing DEET, avoiding mosquito-infected areas at dawn and dusk, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors, and checking your window screen for holes. 

If you find a dead bird on your property, please report all dead birds and squirrels to the West Nile Virus and Dead Bird Hotline at (877) 968-2473 or online at http://westnile.ca.gov.

The City of Pasadena Public Health Department is continuing to proactively monitor its mosquito and overall vector control efforts to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus, which is spread to humans from a bite from an infected mosquito.  Read additional prevention measures by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html.

To control the presence of mosquitoes, staff travel throughout the City at least once a week to treat gutters, puddles, pools, and other free-standing water sources water that serve as prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Additionally, for more than a decade, the Pasadena Public Health Department has collaborated with the Pasadena Police Department to operate the bi-annual Green Pool Initiative, whereby police helicopters use aerial observations to look for stagnant pools and green standing water sources.

For more information on vector control, to receive free mosquito fish to prevent breeding, or to report a green pool or still water source, please call the Pasadena Public Health Department Environmental Health Division at (626) 744-6004.

Posted: 4/21/2014 01:50:00 PM