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Short Bites Monthly

Your digest for June 2023.

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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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  • Thank you to the all of the cities who booked us up for the Summer months. We are excited to serve your community!
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Image of Director of Communications presenting to the Duarte Historical Museum Club
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Image of District staff working a community event in Monrovia

Outreach Efforts

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Image of our outreach efforts this month
  • The District’s Spring swimming pool condition confirmation efforts have resolved nearly 75% of the 3,220 non-functional swimming pools.
  • The District continues Enhanced Neighborhood Support (ENS) in several neighborhoods to identify and eliminate habitats to reduce the threat of disease.
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Image of an Enhanced Neighborhood Support property inspection
  • The District continues to provide Bite Prevention Kits for cities to use at their community events.The box itself is an educational tool that is unique to our District.
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Image of Bite Prevention Kits being assembled for District city distribution
  • Due to all of the water from the Winter rains, the current climate is perfect for mosquito breeding.
  • We are seeing mosquito abundance in certain cities that pose risk for diseases, like West Nile virus and have alerted those communities.
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Image of Outreach Assistant educating field worker on West Nile virus disease prevention
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EcoHealth Newsletter

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Citizen Science

  • Our 44 Vector Inspectors of the Year (V.I.Y.) have been awarded for their dedication and commitment to mosquito surveillance and population reduction.
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  • We’re preparing all Citizen Science program materials! In the Fall, students will receive kits that we assemble ourselves, which brings our lab tools to your classroom.

Check Out Our Citizen Science Programs

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Image of G.R.I.D. kits being prepared for Fall

Digital Communication

  • West Nile virus (WNV) is the most pervasive threat in California and is transmitted by local Culex mosquitoes.
  • Since WNV is endemic to the San Gabriel Valley, we work hard to prevent local disease outbreaks.

Read West Nile Virus Updates

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Image of Communications staff editing a Summer Video Campaign
  • This month, we worked our seasonal video campaign that focuses on repellent education and Midge awareness during the Summer months.
  • We also closed our after the rain campaign push.
  • Since the Bite Prevention Kits are unique to our District, we’ve connected with high risk cities to supply repellent wipes for their community events.
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We continue to focus on maintaining essential vector surveillance including mosquito trap routes, arbovirus testing, providing weekly data to the District, and maintaining the mosquito fish and mosquito colonies.

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Image of our Surveillance staff calculating mosquito species abundance

Data Collection

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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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This chart depicts the overall abundance of mosquitoes collected during the current reporting period. Species listed on the far right are sorted by total amount collected during this reporting period.
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This chart depicts the total number/types of traps set during this reporting period.
  • After anticipating an increase in adult mosquito activity, we’ve enhanced our trapping to monitor high risk breeding areas.
  • Due to the increase in temperature, we can expect an influx of mosquitoes.
  • Remember to wear repellent when outside and Tip ‘N Toss stagnant wate
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Before you go, check out the links we love this month …

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Planting a Garden that Reinforces SEL 
  • Summer is a great time to create little ecosystems with our students. Enhance their sensory learning experience by offering them a chance to explore bite-free garden therapy.

Learn More

Bite Back Travelers: Dominican Republic 
  • Need travel packing advice when it comes to mosquitoes? This blog post has it all for those who are ready to Tip, Toss, and Travel.

Learn More

Malaria in Texas and Florida: What You Need to Know 
  • If you have travel plans this Summer, be sure to keep up with mosquito-borne disease news. Don’t forget to pack repellent no matter the destination.

Learn More

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Communications Department Mission Statement:

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