Swimming Pools as Health Hazards

Unmaintained Pools are Seriously Endangering Communities

Monday, August 19, 2019 | 8:32 pm

Green pool (l) and Clean pool (r)

Did you know that a swimming pool can produce up to 3 million mosquitoes a month? Un-maintained pools are perfect habitats for disease-carrying mosquitoes. It can wreak havoc on public health and safety.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, “the West Nile Virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States. WNV is most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.”

Based on reports released by the California Department of Public Health, there were 320 WNV cases in Los Angeles County in the past two years. The so-called ‘mosquito season’ starts in the summer and extends through fall. Other deadly vector-borne diseases include Dengue, Zika Virus, and Chikungunya.

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District monitors more than 2,300 pools in San Gabriel Valley and areas of Los Angeles County. It controls mosquitoes in stagnant or non-functional swimming pools. Theirs is a challenging whole, year-round responsibility that needs community cooperation.

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is a public health agency that provides mosquito and vector control for neighborhoods within its jurisdiction.

It urges residents to maintain clean and functional swimming pools. As a matter of routine precautions, they advise swimming pool owners to practice a long-term mosquito control strategy. Using filtration systems and treating the water with chemicals are ways to keep the unwanted vectors out of the pool.

The District provides educational programs about vector control and mosquito-related disease prevention. Other public service tasks include disease surveillance, environmental monitoring, source reduction, and public outreach.

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is located at 1145 N. Azusa Canyon Road, West Covina CA 91790. Telephone No. (626) 814-9466. For more information about their services visit their website at https://www.sgvmosquito.org/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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