L. A. County Department of Public Health issues mosquito warning
The Lakewood area is one of the top five communities in L.A. County most at risk for residents becoming infected with West Nile virus this summer and fall.
As a result, the L.A. County Department of Public Health is intensifying public education about the steps residents can take to minimize their exposure to mosquitoes and the spread of West Nile virus in local neighborhoods.
The West Nile virus is spread by mosquito bites and can pass unnoticed in many people or create flu-like symptoms. But the virus can also cause serious illness (and even death) in people at greatest risk such as the elderly and those with medical conditions like cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease.
See the Lakewood CityTV video interview of a Lakewood resident who contracted West Nile virus at www.lakewoodcity.org/WestNileVideo.
What can you do?
• Dump and drain containers--even the smallest--that might hold water where mosquitoes can breed. Mosquitoes can breed in just a few days in standing water in small plant saucers, bird baths, inflatable pools and old tires.
• Install or repair screens on windows and doors so mosquitoes can’t get indoors.
• Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants when outside between dusk and dawn, which is when mosquitoes are most prevalent.
• Apply EPA-registered insect repellents containing ingredients like DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outside between dusk and dawn.
Untreated, stagnant swimming pools can be reported to Lakewood City Hall by calling 562-866-9771, extension 2140, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report problems with mosquitoes to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District by calling 562-944-9656.
Help public health officials track West Nile virus by reporting dead birds, which can be a sign of the virus in an area, to the California Department of Public Health at 1-877-968-2473.