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Vectors & Mosquito-borne Diseases

CHECK & COVER
Mosquitoes lay eggs on the walls of water-filled containers. Check for items that hold water inside and outside your home once a week. Cover water storage containers so mosquitoes can't get in to lay eggs. If no lid, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

CLEAR & CLEAN
Drain out standing water in flower pots, saucers, buckets, bid baths, and other containers. Scrub vases and containers to remove mosquito eggs as they stick like glue and hatch when exposed to water.

CAST OUT & CALL
Cast out (throw away) old items on your patio or yard that can hold water. Visit www.socalmosquito.org or call 2-1-1 to report problems to your local mosquito control district.

WEST NILE VIRUS INFORMATION:
Who is at risk: People most at risk from West Nile are the elderly or people who are immune compromised with medical conditions. 

Symptoms: Some will have mild symptoms similar to the flu, and a few will have severe symptoms like high fever, stiff neck, muscle weakness, and sometimes rash, starting 3-14 days after being infected. If your symptoms are severe, call your doctor right away.
Read more about West Nile Virus here.

link to west nile virus pdf
WEST NILE VIRUS FLYER
 

link to west nile virus frequently asked questions
WEST NILE VIRUS FAQ
 


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ZIKA VIRUS INFORMATION:
Who is at risk: Pregnant women and women of child-bearing age are most at risk because the Zika virus may cause birth defects in babies, and there is no medicine to treat the disease.

Symptoms: People who are infected may have no or mile symptoms which may include fever, joint pain, rash, red eyes, muscle pain beginning 3-7 days after infection and may last up to one week. See a doctor to get tested if you think you may have Zika virus.
Read more about Zika virus here.


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If you have been receiving mosquito bites and are concerned that you may have a mosquito-borne disease, you can ask your regular health care provider to conduct a test for Zika or West Nile virus. If you don't have a regular health care provider/doctor, you can use the clinic lookup below to find a location to get tested.

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