Your digest for October 2023.
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Happy Halloween Champions!
We hope you enjoy scary celebrations tomorrow that don’t involve mosquito bites. Also, if you’re expecting trick-or-treaters, be sure to Tip, Toss, & Protect so your home isn’t the scariest house on the block.
- This month, repellent education was the focus of our District messaging. We also presented at various senior center community meetings throughout our District. Thank you to those who requested our presence.
- We provided Bite Prevention Kits to select cities which is determined by our mosquito trap count data - See data charts below ‘In Disease Control & Monitoring’ section.
- This month, we have responded to elevated mosquito activity with enhanced investigation and control measures. The areas of Enhanced Neighborhood Support (ENS) are based on our mosquito trap count data and neighborhood risk assessment.
- Our October efforts include increased surveillance, public education, and control to reduce the threat of mosquito-borne disease human infections.
- 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 analyzing collected water samples and Aedes egg papers, as seen in the phot above.
- Thank you to participating teachers and students who submited these samples! Our District is grateful for your participation in community science.
- If you’re planning on trick-or-treating this Halloween, don’t forget to wear repellent. See our repellent page for more information.
- Since West Nile Virus (WNV) is endemic to the San Gabriel Valley, we work hard to prevent local disease outbreaks.
- This month, we used targeted ads to spread awareness about mosquito activity in communities that needed treatments.
- Our messaging, whether in print or online, is up to date on the latest mosquito information. You can access them here.
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, our surveillance traps have seen an overall increase of Aedes abundance across the district. In response to this data, we added 11 additional trapping events to monitor.
Before you go, check out the links we love this month …
- Read how a life-long interest in wildlife brought one entomologist to vector-borne disease ecology.
- Learn how your local Vector Control District responded to a rare mosquito-borne disease case.
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🖋 Written by Ally Gaspar, Outreach Assistant