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Posted on: September 14, 2017

Health Officials Report Increases in Mosquitoes and West Nile Virus Risk

In recent weeks, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has seen a marked increase in West Nile virus (WNV) activity across its jurisdiction.
Preventing mosquito bites is key. GLACVCD recommends everyone:
  • Apply mosquito repellents to exposed skin before going outdoors.  Clothing can also be treated with permethrin products to prevent bites (read and follow all labels).
  • Use and reapply repellent as recommended on the label.  How long a repellent works depends on the active ingredient and the concentration you select.
    • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends products with the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus products as being safe and effective.
    • Use infant seat/stroller screen covers on babies younger than 2 months, and only EPA registered repellents on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children younger than three years of age.
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