Before summer arrives, community leaders and elected officials will gain an upper hand against the Zika threat and the mosquitoes that can transmit the virus.
Vector control districts and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH) will host a Keep Zika Out! workshop for community leaders on April 20, 2017 in the city of South El Monte.
Participants will learn about available resources and will encourage residents to do their part in reducing mosquito breeding sources around the home.
“For more than a year, local vector control districts have been collaborating with other public health agencies,” said Kelly Middleton, director of community affairs at Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
Public health officials welcome collaboration and resource-sharing to provide a more efficient response in case of a Zika outbreak. A major producer of insect repellent has donated more than 120 cases of repellent for distribution to those in need. “We’re grateful for this donation,” said Levy Sun, public information officer at Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. “Using EPA-registered products that have been tested for safety and efficacy is an important part of the actions that individuals need to take to help reduce exposure to diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.”
While cities and organizations prepare for a public health emergency, public health officials urge residents to take preventative action now. The following safety precautions are recommended to all residents to reduce disease risk and prevent mosquitoes from ruining outdoor activities.
Whether it’s Zika or West Nile virus, preventing mosquito breeding and bites are the keys to preventing a mosquito-transmitted disease.
Media Invited: Keep Zika Out! Workshop
When: 4/20/17 from 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Ramada Inn in South El Monte. 1089 Santa Anita Ave, South El Monte, CA 91733
About San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District
The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is a public health agency formed in 1989 to protect residents against vector-borne diseases. The District provides enhanced mosquito and vector control services to 23 cities and portions of unincorporated Los Angeles County within the San Gabriel Valley.