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Short Bites Monthly

Your digest for August 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 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.
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Image of District staff working a community event.

Outreach Efforts

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Image of our outreach efforts this month.
  • We have detected West Nile virus (WNV) activity in birds and mosquitoes in several locations throughout the district.

Follow West Nile Virus Updates

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Image of Communications staff conducting Enhanced Neighborhood Support.
  • 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.

See what residents can do to control mosquitoes in their communities

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Image of a Technician posting West Nile virus treatment notification signs.
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EcoHealth Newsletter

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Citizen Science

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Image of Education Specialist organizing G.R.I.D. kits for delivery day.
  • 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.

Check Out Our Citizen Science Programs

Little Champions Preschool Program

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  • 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.

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 Specialist directing the District’s Public Health Barbie.
  • This month, the District creates Public Health Barbie. Stay tuned for a video launch to see what this Barbie comes with.
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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 Vector Control Specialist setting up a trap.

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.
  • 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.

Safety Reminders


Tip, toss, protect


Before you go, check out the links we love this month …

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Tired of Mosquito Bites? Become a Champion! 
  • 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. 

Learn More

Stay Connected with Mosquito News 
  • Get the most updated information on mosquito activity in your community.

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Experience California Botanic Garden’s Public Programs 
  • 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.

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