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West Nile Virus Update August 2014

West Nile Virus Update August 2014

MOSQUITO CONTROL UPDATE FOR PASADENA AUGUST 2014 

PASADENA, Calif.—Currently, there are no locally acquired cases of viruses, including West Nile, Chikungunya and Dengue fever, transmitted from mosquitoes to humans in Pasadena.  To protect against these diseases, it is important that Pasadena residents help prevent the breeding of mosquitoes 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.  

The Pasadena Public Health Department also recommends protecting yourself by taking precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.  Preventive measures include wearing repellants containing DEET, avoiding areas likely to be inhabited by mosquitoes 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 Pasadena Public Health Department continues 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.  

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 use police helicopters to help look for stagnant pools and green 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. 

For more than 120 years, the Pasadena Public Health Department has worked to promote and protect the health of the greater Pasadena area.  Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/publichealth. 

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, wboyer@cityofpasadena.net, or Adrienne Kung, Public Health Department, (626) 744-6151, akung@cityofpasadena.net 

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Posted: 8/13/2014 05:00:00 PM