CHA News Article

CDPH Announces Disease-Spreading Mosquitoes Detected

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) this week issued a warning to all Californians about two invasive species of mosquitoes that have been found in different areas of the state. Both species are known to transmit infectious diseases, such as dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. In September, the yellow fever mosquito was detected for the first time in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Also in September, the Asian tiger mosquito was detected in Kern and San Diego counties and has expanded in regions of Los Angeles County. Neither of the mosquitoes is native to California. They are known for their black-and-white stripes, biting people during the middle of the day and readily entering buildings.

More information about the mosquitoes, how the diseases are spread and precautions Californians should take to prevent illnesses spread by mosquitoes is available at the CDPH website and in the attached press release.