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June Newsletter

Hello educators,

It’s that time of the year...

Whether you are taking afternoon naps on a sandy beach or teaching summer school, set yourself up for a great school year by signing up for our citizen science programs now!

Don’t know the exact date you’d like EcoHealth in your classroom? Don’t worry! Book us for a likely date and we will get the ball rolling on your school district’s end (Certificate of Insurance). We’ll work out an exact date and the visit details with you once the school year starts.

Vector Inspectors of the Year

Our 44 Vector Inspectors of the Year (V.I.Y.) have been awarded for their dedication and commitment to mosquito surveillance and population reduction. Congrats to the V.I.Y. students and teachers from Monrovia, Sierra Madre, and West Covina for their accomplishments!

Image: Photo of V.I.Y. students from Monrovia with their certificates

Image: Photo of V.I.Y. students from Sierra Madre with their certificates

Image: Photo of V.I.Y. students from West Covina with their certificates


Educator Conference at the Natural History Museum

Interested in learning about native plants? Take a Guided Garden Walk, get free resources and network with other educators! Cost is $50 - $75 per educator.

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Summer Classes

Check out these age specific classes held at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium! Each class has a fee.

Summer Professional Development Adventures for Teachers

Check out these summer PD options for a fun, educational getaway. Some have opened enrollment for summer 2024!


Truth or Myth?

Mosquitoes of different species pose unique threats to public health.

This is True! Culex mosquitoes are native to our area and can transmit West Nile virus (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), and western equine encephalitis (WEE). WNV is the leading mosquito-borne disease threat in Southern California (SoCal).

Aedes mosquitoes are an invasive species and can transmit Zika, yellow fever, dengue fever, and chikungunya. We do not have local transmission of any invasive Aedes-transmitted diseases in SoCal to date. However, international travelers bitten by infected mosquitoes elsewhere can “pack” pathogens home with them. If a SoCal mosquito bites an infected traveler and subsequently infects non-travelers in the neighborhood, this can start a local disease outbreak.

Taking a vacay this summer? Be sure to wear a repellent containing one of the 4 CDC-recommended active ingredients (Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, DEET, Picaridin, or IR3535) before, during, and after traveling. For more travel pro-tips, check out the Bite Back Travelers: Dominican Republic blog post.


Submit your own mosquito or mosquito-borne disease related question!

We will answer submitted questions in future newsletters!

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