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It's not just a bite...mosquitoes spread West Nile virus

It's not just a bite...mosquitoes spread West Nile virus

Mosquitoes spread serious diseases like West Nile virus, which was recently detected in mosquitoes found in Long Beach.

West Nile virus can cause severe illness, even death, and is particularly dangerous for people over 50. It can cause long-term health problems including difficulty walking, loss of independence and memory loss.

Be sure to protect yourself and your loved ones with these key tips:

  • Wear mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus to keep mosquitoes away when outdoors. Use spray, wipes or lotion.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants.
  • Avoid areas where mosquitoes are common, like lakes or rivers.
  • Check your home and yard for any items that hold water once a week, as mosquitoes lay eggs on the walls of water-filled containers. “Tip and Toss” to drain any standing water, and throw out any old items that can hold water. Mosquitoes don’t fly far, so if you are getting bites, the water is likely in your yard.
  • Clean vases and containers thoroughly to remove mosquito eggs, as they stick like glue and hatch when exposed to water.
  • Tightly cover water storage containers (buckets and rain barrels) so mosquitoes can’t get in to lay eggs. If no lid, use wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito.

Learn more about West Nile virus at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov or call 211.