First local Zika-related birth defect reinforces travel advisory

Tom Christensen Special to Valley News Pregnant women, women who could become pregnant and couples considering pregnancy are advised to avoid traveling to areas with known Zika transmission, after a baby with the severe birth defect microcephaly was born in San Diego County. The county of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reports the mother […]

Protective screening helps mosquito-proof rain barrels

Protective screening helps mosquito-proof rain barrels

Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office Special to Valley News SAN DIEGO – If you’ve got a rain barrel, this winter’s rains have been great. Your barrel is full, you’re conserving water, and you’re watering your garden naturally. And, you’re growing mosquitoes. Rain barrels are awesome, but if yours doesn’t have protective screening, […]

County receives $40k for campaigns to educate public about Zika

RIVERSIDE – The Board of Supervisors signed off on a Riverside County Department of Public Health request to accept $40,000 in federal funding for education campaigns intended to help residents protect themselves against the Zika virus Tuesday, Dec. 13. In a 4-0 vote without comment, the board approved the health department’s plan to utilize $24,000 for […]

Mosquito-control application scheduled Nov. 17 in Hemet area

Mosquito-control application scheduled Nov. 17 in Hemet area

Due to continued trapping of the mosquito capable of transmitting Zika virus in the unincorporated area around Hemet, Riverside County will apply an ultra-low volume of a material designed to reduce adult mosquito populations in the area. The Riverside County Department of Environmental Health’s Vector Control Program will use a truck-mounted sprayer to reduce the […]

Health officials confirm first Zika case in Riverside County; likely acquired outside U.S.

RIVERSIDE – A 50-year-old man who recently traveled to the Caribbean has tested positive for the Zika virus, making him the first confirmed case in Riverside County. County Public Health Officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser emphasized the infection was not locally acquired and the patient, who lives in southwest Riverside County, likely became infected during his […]