City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The Long Beach City Health Officer, Dr. Mitchell Kushner, is urging residents to protect themselves during the Memorial Day weekend and the upcoming warmer summer months by taking precautions to avoid mosquitoes. Over the holiday weekend, people will be outside celebrating the unofficial kick off of the summer season with backyard barbecues and trips to campgrounds, parks and beaches. While out enjoying good food and friends, remember that the warmer weather also creates an ideal environment for some uninvited guests – mosquitoes.
As the weather gets warmer, mosquito breeding is certain to increase. Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus (WNV). Avoiding mosquitoes can reduce the risk of exposure to WNV and other mosquito borne diseases.
Long Beach health officials are advising residents to take the following precautions:
The Long Beach Health Department continues active surveillance for mosquito populations and works to control mosquito populations in known public breeding locations such as ponds, wetlands and flood channels. Residents can do their part by eliminating standing water in and around their property and reporting breeding sources to the Health Department at the number below.
For further information, contact the City of Long Beach Health Department Vector Control Program at 562.570.4132 or at www.longbeach.gov/health/wnv_info.
Further information about the WNV may be obtained at the California Department of Public Health website at www.westnile.ca.gov, or at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile.