How Can We Protect Ourselves from the Zika Virus this Holiday Season?

Sunday, December 16, 2018 | 9:52 pm

In today’s world there are many things that one must watch out for and in California, one of those things has become the possible transmission of the Zika virus by mosquitoes who spread this disease. If you’re thinking of traveling someplace tropical for the holidays, you may be at risk of bringing back Zika. But how can one protect themselves from this possibility?

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District tells us that Zika is spread by the Aedes variety of mosquito, which has become a real problem in the San Gabriel Valley since 2011. If you know little about the disease, you will need to get more information so you can help prevent the spread. Take a look:

There are things one can do to help protect against this transmission, according to the CDC, and one of those ways is to make yourself a Zika Prevention Kit. Here’s how:

• If you live in or will visit a state or area with the mosquito that spreads the Zika virus and are concerned about Zika, build your own Zika Prevention Kit with the items below. Reducing the risk for Zika is particularly important for pregnant women.
• Follow these steps to build your own kit: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/Zika-Kit-FLYER.pdf

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is doing everything possible to control these dangerous, disease spreading mosquitoes, but they need the public’s help to combat these pests because they can’t neutralize every instance of standing water. While they use pesticides, which is monitored by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, to fight the larger, public areas, they need the public to be diligent about eliminating standing water both inside and outside of the home.

Once a week everyone should walk around their entire property and seek out any areas of standing water where mosquito larvae can mature. This includes standing water in large puddles, bird baths or kiddie pools, buckets, trash cans, watering cans, old tires, yard decorations, etc. Also, if you haven’t cleaned out those gutters in a while then it’s time to check them to make sure they are draining properly and fix the situation if they aren’t. Clogged gutters are great places for mosquitoes to breed.

It can’t be said enough times that it will take all of us to help eliminate these pests and prevent the outbreak of Zika, Yellow Fever, West Nile, and other dangerous mosquito-borne diseases. No longer can we sit back and do nothing because the stakes are now too high. It isn’t that hard, just takes a little effort and if we all do our part, then we can get a handle on this problem.

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is located at 1145 N. Azusa Canyon Road, in West Covina. For more information, call (626) 814-9466 or visit sgvmosquito.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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