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Pasadena In Focus
September - October 2010

West Nile: Avoid the Bite

Summer is winding down but West Nile Virus season is just getting started.  The Pasadena Public Health Department warns that mosquitoes can thrive through October and are the only pests known to transmit West Nile Virus to humans.

While most people wouldn’t have symptoms other than itchy mosquito bites, the virus can cause serious complications in young children and senior citizens.

West Nile Virus has been found in Los Angeles County, although no humans have become ill in California so far this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Even so, with the help of Pasadena Police Department helicopters, the Environmental Health Division of the Pasadena Public Health Department is monitoring our community for infected mosquitoes and checking abandoned and foreclosed homes with pools that could provide breeding grounds.

You can protect yourself – and your neighbors – by following these tips:
 
Dump out water from planters, buckets, wading pools and bird baths

Avoid using outdoor light bulbs that emit white light that may attract bugs

Make sure your window screens are in good shape to keep mosquitoes out

Avoid going outside at dawn and dusk – peak mosquito-bite hours. If you do go outside, consider wearing long pants and sleeves as well as insect repellent that contains DEET.

For more information call 744-6004 or visit
www.cityofpasadena.net/westnilevirus.