Eggs of mosquitoes known for carrying the Zika virus (the Aedes mosquito, better known as the Asian tiger mosquito) have been found in Pasadena. (The latest is the second such finding in Greater Los Angeles area, a similar mosquito was identified in Long Beach last month.)
Even though no infections have been identified in Pasadena yet, health officials urge residents to take the following precautions:
Be aware that the Aedes mosquitoes attack in the evening:
- wear long sleeves and pants.
- use DEET-containing mosquito repellant outdoors.
Make sure no mosquitoes enter your home:
- inspect screen doors and windows
- have any damaged screens repaired or replaced
Discourage the presence of mosquitoes on your property:
- dispose of – or empty and cover – any water holding containers outdoors
- make sure that your swimming pool is sanitized
Clearly, just like with other diseases, preventing Zika virus infection is easier than treating or curing it. Take the precautions to heart, prevent a potential tragedy BEFORE it happens!