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Invasive Aedes Mosquito Discovered in Long Beach for First Time 2017

Invasive Aedes Mosquito Discovered in Long Beach for First Time 2017 Two invasive Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes were discovered for the first time in Long Beach last week. The Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District (District) joined a dozen members of the Long Beach Health Department (LBHD) in going door to door for property inspections in North Long Beach. To further address this threat, the LBHD is collaborating with the District on mosquito surveillance, public education awareness, and spraying and treatment. While this marks...

CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Illness of 2017

CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Illness of 2017 SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first confirmed illness in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The illness occurred in Kings County. “West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so I urge Californians to take every possible precaution to protect against mosquito bites,” said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. This year to date, West Nile virus activity has been detected...

COMPTON CREEK MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT ‘INVADES’ AIR SHOW

COMPTON CREEK MOSQUITO ABATEMENT DISTRICT 'INVADES' AIR SHOW March 11th marks the first of two air shows, both at the Compton/Woodley Airport, where the District's presence continues to be a vital resource for attendees with an interest in preventing the spread of mosquito-borne illness.  From providing handouts to answering questions from residents and families, the District remains the go-to resource involving this subject. The event itself – an unforgettable aerial display of a variety of flying machines, including fighter planes from World War Two...

Insects Commonly Mistaken for Mosquitoes

How to Tell the Difference Between Mosquitoes, Midges, and Crane Flies The best way to avoid mosquito bites is to avoid mosquitoes. Getty Images/Photographer's Choice/Roger EritjaMost people don't like mosquitoes, given their rather annoying habit of inflicting painful bites that turn into itchy, red welts. Mosquitoes also transmit serious and sometimes deadly diseases, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile virus. Pets, too, are at risk of mosquito-borne diseases, like heartworm. And yet, despite the fact that nearly every person on the planet...

Spring Break Travelers Reminded to Protect Themselves against Zika

Spring Break Travelers Reminded to Protect Themselves against Zika CDC Considers Travel to Mexico, Latin America a Potential Risk for Infection SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) advises spring break travelers vacationing in warmer climates to protect themselves from mosquito bites and avoid unprotected sex in areas with known transmission of the Zika virus. “Spring break is the perfect time to have fun in the sun, but it is important that people take precautions to prevent Zika,” said CDPH Director...

Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes Have Arrived

One can only imagine the pain and morbidity associated with a disease that is colloquially referred to in many parts of the world as “breakbone fever.” Yet, for the nearly 400 million people infected annually with the dengue virus (DENV), imagination need not be applied as they have experienced the reality of this painful and potentially lethal virus. With no viable vaccine currently in use and a death toll of more than 20,000 per year, mostly children, researchers have continually...

Preparedness against Mosquito-Borne Illnesses: Confronting this Challenge

For all the worry about mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika and West Nile Virus, it would be a mistake to consider the former a problem for the State of Florida alone, while treating the latter as a phenomenon exclusive to the East Coast in general. Put another way, these conditions transcend geography – they do not limit themselves to a semitropical neighborhood – and they can cross borders and countries with the speed of an airplane or the journey of a...

Mosquitoes May Infect You With More Than One Disease In A Single Bite

As if disease-carrying mosquitoes weren’t bad enough in the first place, scientists have found the pesky insects may be able to infect us with two viruses at the same time. A small lab study that exposed mosquitoes to blood infected with varying combinations of dengue, Zika and chikungunya proved that the mosquitoes were able to pick up two viruses — Zika and chikungunya — at the same time. The results suggest that human beings could be infected with both the Zika virus and...

Florida County Supports Controversial Genetically Modified Anti-Zika Mosquitoes

Zika continues to be an issue in South Florida, and Florida Keys voters supported a controversial strategy to use genetically modified mosquitoes to beat back the virus. Strong residential opposition led to the item being added to the county’s Election Day ballot to gauge overall opinion, but the election-time results proved otherwise. A non-binding opinion poll about whether genetically modified mosquitoes should be released to kill off the mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus earned just over 57 percent of the...