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Acute Communicable Disease Control
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Fax: (213) 482-4856
Email:acdc2@ph.lacounty.gov

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The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LAC DPH) is launching a new initiative to reduce the risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) across the county entitled the 2018 Champion for WNV Prevention challenge. Any city in LAC or neighborhood in the City of Los Angeles can partner with LAC DPH to participate in this challenge and be eligible for a Champion for Prevention award by the LAC Board of Supervisors in December 2018. See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

In addition to the challenge, LAC DPH staff will be distributing posters and flyers at public venues across the county throughout the mosquito season to increase awareness and promote prevention of WNV. We would like to inform as many people as possible about the risk of WNV in LAC. Together we will be able to reach many more people and make a lasting impact on our communities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the 2018 Champion for WNV Prevention challenge?

The 2018 Champion for WNV Prevention challenge is an initiative by LAC DPH to reduce the local risk of WNV by partnering with LAC cities and Los Angeles city neighborhoods. Participating cities and neighborhoods complete a number of outreach activities to promote WNV prevention practices in their communities. LAC DPH and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will recognize the best performing cities or LA city neighborhoods as Champions for Prevention with award certifications in December 2018. Cities or LA city neighborhoods that stand out for innovation and community engagement activities will also be specially recognized.

Can any city in LA county participate in Champions for WNV Prevention?

Yes! We encourage all interested cities and neighborhoods to complete the outreach activities as WNV is spread all throughout LA county.

Can neighborhoods in cities other than the City of Los Angeles participate in Champions for WNV Prevention?

No. Due to its large geographic size and population, LAC DPH is offering participation in the challenge to individual neighborhoods only in the City of Los Angeles. Neighborhoods in other cities may participate through their respective cities.

Who should I contact to become involved?

City and neighborhood officials can reach out to acdcvector@ph.lacounty.gov.

Where can I receive more information on Champions for Prevention such as what outreach activities are to be completed?

Promotional activities are described on the Champions for Prevention reporting form. City and neighborhood officials can also reach out to acdcvector@ph.lacounty.gov.

What is the digital toolkit?

A multimedia campaign toolkit has been developed and is accessible without charge. The toolkit is designed to make it easy to distribute information through anyone’s social media, websites, and newsletters. The toolkit contains materials in English and Spanish including:

·         Sample social media posts

·         Web graphics

·         Videos

·         Campaign fliers and printer-friendly materials

How can a city/neighborhood request for presentations on WNV from LAC DPH?

A city/neighborhood can request for a speaker for general community audiences through LAC DPH's Speakers' Bureau. The presentation will provide an overview of WNV including risk factors for WNV, places where mosquitoes live, disease symptoms and prevention methods. To request a Speaker's Bureau presentation, please fill out the Community Request Form. You can also email acdcvector@ph.lacounty.gov to facilitate the request.

How will the completion of activities be monitored?

Completed promotional activities occurring from June through November should be documented on the Champions for Prevention challenge form. Use the form to describe the event or action by name and/or location/site and the date or time it was completed. One event or action may accomplish more than one measure. For example, if flyers were distributed at tire recycling event, this will count towards 2 measures. Any activities occurring prior to joining the challenge can be documented retrospectively. Forms are to be submitted to acdcvector@ph.lacounty.gov by December 1, 2018.

What are the participation dates of Champion for WNV Prevention?

The Champions for Prevention challenge runs from June through November. If a city or neighborhood conducted promotional activities prior to joining the challenge, you may retrospectively document them in the form.

Can a city/neighborhood do more than what is listed by LAC DPH?

Yes! All activities done to prevent the spread of WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases are encouraged. Complete as many activities as possible to promote awareness and prevention of mosquito-borne diseases in LAC. LAC DPH and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will recognize cities and neighborhoods that stand out for innovation and community engagement activities with special awards.

Why is it important to participate?

LAC is one of the highest risk areas for mosquito-borne disease outbreaks in the United States. Over the last 5 years, LAC has experienced yearly outbreaks of WNV with an average of 221 cases per year, approximately 10% of the national burden. Over three-fourths of cases are reported with neurological complications including paralysis, meningitis, encephalitis and death. Milder cases often remain unrecognized. Despite significant health risks, the practice of mosquito prevention behaviors is low among residents in the county. LAC DPH is committed to increase awareness of WNV and keep our residents healthy, safe and productive. Your partnership will provide vital support to spread this important health message and enhance mosquito-borne disease prevention in LAC.

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For more information contact:
Acute Communicable Disease Control Program
Vectorborne Disease Unit
Direct: 213-240-7941
Fax: 213-482-4856
acdcvector@ph.lacounty.gov


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