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How to keep yourself safe from mosquito-borne diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus this season

Even in sunny San Diego, mosquito-borne diseases can be a potential threat, which is why the County of San Diego is warning everyone to take the proper precautions to protect themselves and their families.

West Nile Virus and Zika are both transmitted by mosquitoes.

The invasive Aedes mosquito that can transmit the Zika virus has been spotted in San Diego. And with mosquito season already in full swing, Chris Conlan from the County’s Environmental Health Department explains the best way to avoid infection is by preventing mosquito breeding grounds.  Conlan recommends dumping standing water at home every week. Anything that can collect one half-inch of standing water or can hold water for a week can potentially breed mosquitoes in your backyard. Examples of breeding sources include flower pot saucers, buckets, clogged rain gutters, bird baths and pet bowls.

With regard to travel, if you are pregnant, or a couple considering pregnancy, Conlan recommends you check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website regarding the area you will be visiting that may be at risk for Zika.  Current areas with risk for Zika infection include Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, parts of Central and South America and Africa.

To protect from mosquito bites from dusk to dawn while traveling, Conlan suggests wearing long sleeves, pants and applying EPA-approved mosquito repellent to exposed skin.

The county is also asking San Deigns to be their eyes and ears. If you are seeing mosquito activity, green pools or dead birds, call them or report online. 


CALL: Vector Control at (858) 694-2888

DOWNLOAD: The county's app and report the activity there.


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