Mosquitoes known to carry Zika virus found in Downey
DOWNEY – Vector control officials confirmed that they have found Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Downey, an invasive mosquito species capable of transmitting the Zika virus.
"Luckily, there is no indication the mosquitoes are transmitting the viruses to people in Downey," city officials said in a news release. "However, we are concerned that there is a risk of a local outbreak. The Aedes mosquitoes are small black-and-white striped insects that can be a threat, but we can act now to protect ourselves."
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District recommends residents protect themselves by clearing all standing water – including cups and buckets – at least once a week.
Residents are also advised to wear insect repellent when outdoors during daylight hours. Aedes mosquitoes are known to be aggressive daytime biters.
Also check windows and door screens to make sure mosquitoes do not enter your home.
Residents who have cleared their home of standing water but still have issues with mosquitoes are urged to call (562) 944-9656 or go to reportmosquitoes.org.
Vector control officials said they are continuing to trap and test Downey mosquitoes for the presence of Zika, which can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.