The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services
reminds residents that West Nile Virus continues to be a problem in
Southern California. As of Monday, September 15, 2014, there have
been 17 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in Long Beach, including
one death. This is a significant increase from 2013, in which there
were seven cases reported the entire year. These numbers are
consistent with the rest of California, as so far this year 238
human cases have been reported in 26 different counties across the
state. The California Department of Public Health is calling
this the highest level of infected mosquitoes ever detected. More
cases are expected, as this is the time of year when the risk of
infection is at its highest.
The Health Department’s Vector Control Program takes measures
to protect the public from illnesses that are transmitted to
humans. Eliminating mosquito breeding sources plays an important
role in reducing the risk of mosquito-borne disease. Vector Control
staff are monitoring potential breeding sites such as ditches,
canals, ponds, and neighborhood gutters for mosquito activity and
treating those sources. The City works closely with the Greater Los
Angeles County Vector Control District and the Compton Creek
Mosquito Abatement District to limit mosquito breeding in and
around the Long Beach area.
Additionally, staff are providing residents with information on
steps they can take to help reduce the risk of contracting West
Nile Virus. Residents can partner with the Department by:
- Eliminating stagnant and standing water on their properties
– remember that piles of debris, drip plates under potted
plants, buckets, barrels, fountains, ponds, toys, and tires are
some common sources of standing water.
- Reporting green pools (swimming pools or spas that are not
properly maintained and appear green due to algae growth or poor
maintenance) to the Health Department at 562.570.4132.
Residents can take precautions to protect themselves and their
family members by following the 5 Ds:
- DEET-use a mosquito repellant containing DEET,
Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Follow instructions on
- Dress-where long-sleeved shirts and pants when
outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most
- Drain-drain stagnant water from around the
house, bird baths, pet food, fountains, children’s pools, old
tires, etc…. Swimming pools should be maintained to
avoid mosquito breeding.
- Doors-screen all doors and windows to exclude
- Dead Birds-report dead birds to the
State’s dead-bird hotline at 1-877-WNV-BIRD
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the Health
Department’s website at www.longbeach.gov/health and
go to the West Nile Virus Information Page, or call our Vector
Control Program at 562.570.4132.