State Legislature Declares April 21-27, 2013 West Nile Virus And Mosquito And Vector Control Awareness Week
Campaign Alerts Public of the Threat of West Nile Virus and Other Vector-Borne Diseases
“West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses continue to threaten public health in
The following safety precautions are recommended by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH):
- Eliminate or manage all sources of standing water to discourage mosquito breeding.
- Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and the first two hours after sunset.
- If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.
- Apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and Oil of lemon eucalyptus (PMD). Always apply according to label instructions.
- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Contact your local mosquito and vector control agency if there is a significant mosquito problem or potential mosquito breeding source where you live or work.
According to the CDPH, 479 human cases of West Nile virus were reported in 2012. Of the reported cases, there were 19 fatalities. CDPH and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict West Nile virus will again pose a public health threat in
To learn more about activities in your area for West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week, contact your local mosquito and vector control agency. Contact information can be found on MVCAC’s website at www.mvcac.org.
MVCAC represents more than 65 special districts, other subdivisions of local government, and the state of
SOURCE Mosquito and Vector Control Association of