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Short Bites Monthly 

Your digest for October 2022.

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Short Bites Monthly ensures that our data as a public health agency remains transparent to the public and to people who are interested in our mission.

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A special thank you to the cities that invited us to their events this month 
  • Alhambra's Know Your Neighbor Events
  • Industry's Golf Course Maintenance Trainings
  • La Puente's Farmers' Market
  • La Puente's Movie at the Park 
  • Arcadia's WaterFest
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Image of our outreach efforts this month.

Enhanced Neighborhood Support (ENS)

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Image of our Outreach Assistant preparing for an ENS event.
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Image of our Intern passing out door hangers at an ENS event.

The Bite Back Tour

Read the episode recap posts

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Citizen Science Programs

  • Our Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D. and the Vector Inspector Program (V.I.P.) kicked off as students returned to school. These education programs are FREE and a great way to engage students in hands-on activities that promote citizen science and are NGSS-aligned.
  • This month, we had nursing students from Western University help out our water analysis team to identify mosquito larvae and pupae.
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Image of nursing students conducting water analysis.
  • Students from across the San Gabriel Valley turned in their water samples to discover that they had mosquitoes growing in their backyards.
  • This incredible hands-on and NGSS-aligned activity was planned by their teachers who participated in our Train-The-Trainer program.
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Image of water analysis findings. 
A special thank you to the schools who are participating in our programs this Fall 

Vector Inspector Program

  • Cherrylee Elementary 
  • Wright Elementary School
  • Grace Miller Elementary School 

Operation Mosquito G.R.I.D.

  • San Jose Charter Academy 
  • St. John the Baptist School 

Digital Communications

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Beware of Blood-Sucking Monsters on Halloween 
  • Read our latest blog post that tells the tale of blood-sucking monsters on Halloween. But beware, we also share our hacks on how to stay safe & healthy from mosquitoes.

Check Out Our Hacks for a Happy Halloween 

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  • The Surveillance Department continues to focus on maintaining essential vector surveillance including mosquito trap routes, arbovirus testing, providing weekly surveillance data to the District, and maintaining the mosquito fish and mosquito colonies.
  • This month, enhanced mosquito surveillance was conducted in addition to routine surveillance.
  • Aedes mosquitoes, also known as ankle biters, are still active. Currently, these black-and-white striped mosquitoes are considered nuisance biters and are not spreading any diseases locally.
  • Residents can stay updated with mosquito-borne disease activity in the San Gabriel Valley through our District's press releases.
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Image of average mosquitoes per trap by sampling location and by city/community. The size of the bubbles on the map reflects the relative numbers of mosquitoes caught at each trap.


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Increase transparency and credibility through multi-media dialogue in order to engage and motivate internal, local, regional, statewide, and nationwide stakeholders to take action and become public health agents of change in their communities.


🖋 Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant