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Short Bites Monthly

Your digest for December 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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Outreach Efforts

  • This year was one for the books! Before we all head home for the holidays, check out our 2023 Outreach Efforts in the graph below:
Image of 2023 Outreach Efforts
  •  The biggest highlight of 2023 is our Transparency Certificate of Excellence award, which was given to us by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF).
  • The SDLF recognized our District’s outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance with residents and other stakeholders.
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Image of District Trustees and District Manager with the Transparency Certificate of Excellence
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Community Science

  • Not only did we reach 1,785 students this year, but we were able to map out where Aedes mosquito eggs were present.
  • These results are important to our Surveillance and Operations departments who monitor and control mosquitoes in your community. See results below.
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Image of a 2023 oviposition data collection
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Image of 2023 G.R.I.D. egg paper and water sample results

Digital Communication

  • This year was a great one for fine tuning our disease response plan.
  • From press releases, to enhanced neighborhood support, to enhanced trapping, to notifying the public about disease risk in their neighborhood, our District worked tirelessly to serve our residents.
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Image of Director of Communications answering resident questions post presentation
  •  In lighter and educational news, every holiday season, we try to create a holiday song with the world’s most famous mosquito, Ada Eez.
  • This year, she appears in our holiday video, Jingle Bell Rock: Mosquito Edition.

Our Gift to You: A Mosquito Holiday Playlist

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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 Assistant Vector Ecologist analyzing mosquito species trap count.

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.
  • We saw an influx of Aedes mosquitoes this year and resients felt it.
  • In the chart below, we compare year-to-year mosquito presence from our trap collections.
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Image of our average collections of Invasive Aedes mosquitoes from 2019-2023. Highlighted are the average collections for this past month.
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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