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.
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
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
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NEWS MEDIA CONTACTS: William H. Boyer, Pasadena Public Information Officer, City Manager’s Office, (626) 744-4755, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Adrienne Kung, Public Health Department, (626) 744-6151, email@example.com