Your digest for August 2023.
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.
- Thank you to the all of the cities and event organizers who booked us up for the month of August. We look forward to continuing these partnerships!
- This month, we attended Naitonal Night Out, concerts in the park, community meetings, and family centered events in various cities throughout our District.
- We have detected West Nile virus (WNV) activity in birds and mosquitoes in several locations throughout the district.
- We have responded to WNV with enhanced investigation and control measures. Our efforts include increased surveillance, public education, and control to reduce the threat of West Nile virus human infection.
- This month, our District has focused on Enhanced Neighborhood Support (ENS) in high trap count communities.
- Although we dedicate more field time to conduct ENS, mosquito control is still a shared responsibility.
- EcoHealth Newsletter informs you of professional development opportunities, FREE available NGSS- aligned programs, & the latest teacher resources for you to use in the classroom.
- The EcoHealth Newsletter will resume in November.
- At headquarters, we’re preparing materials for delivery. Teachers will soon be able to distibute kits to their students and be a part of a hands-on science experience.
Little Champions Preschool Program
- Our Little Champions Preschool Program is thriving! Thank you to the teachers who booked our program throughout the Spring and Summer months.
- This Winter, we will be creating a new interractiv, NGSS-aligned booklet for Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
- 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.
- This month, the District creates Public Health Barbie. Stay tuned for a video launch to see what this Barbie comes with.
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.
- This month, enhanced surveillance areas identified high trap counts with positive mosquito samples.
- We will be continue to follow up on the positive mosquito sites to monitor disease transmission.
Before you go, check out the links we love this month …
- The Bite Back Program empowers residents to kick mosquitoes out of their neighborhoods like champions. The program's grassroots approach ensures that actions against mosquitoes have direct impact to where you live.
- Get the most updated information on mosquito activity in your community.
- Throughout the year, the Garden offers events and classes that celebrate, enrich and explore our connections to California native plants and the larger natural world.
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🖋 Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant