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Recently, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) confirmed the presence of Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito) in Downey. The Aedes mosquito is able to transmit Zika, dengue fever and yellow fever.
Luckily, there is NO indication the mosquitoes are transmitting the viruses to people in Downey. However, we are concerned that there is a risk of a local outbreak. The Aedes mosquitoes are small black-and-white striped insects that can be a threat, but we can act now to protect ourselves.
Please do the following to help you and your family:
- Get rid of all standing water in any container, including cups and buckets, at least once a week -- indoors and outdoors! These Aedes mosquitoes can thrive inside your home and businesses.
- Wear insect repellent when you're outdoors throughout the day. These Aedes mosquitoes can bite during the daytime.
- Check your window and door screens to make sure there are no holes. Keep these mosquitoes out!
- If you already cleared your home of all standing water, but still have issues with mosquitoes or notice standing water in your community, contact www.ReportMosquitoes.org or 562-944-9656.
They will also continue to test the ones caught in mosquito traps for the presence of Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases.
For more information visit: http://www.glacvcd.org/vector-information/mosquitoes/invasive-mosquitoes/