LA County public health officials have launched a new awareness campaign to help control the mosquito population around Southern California. Supervisor Janice Hahn says mosquitoes carrying the deadly West Nile Virus are already in the county.
"So far this year, there have been 98 cases of individuals with West Nile Virus and 6 confirmed deaths."
Authorities will be going door-to-door in mosquito hot spots around L.A. County to get the word out about how residents can protect themselves against the little biters. County Vector Control District GM Truc Dever says people should drain standing water and use mosquito repellent.
"It is imperative that you take action now. Whether it is to stop West Nile Virus, Zika Virus, or Chicken Gunga."
According to health officials, the notorious Zika virus has also been detected in the county, but so far, there have been no confirmed cases of transmission of that disease. Officials plan on visiting 20,000 homes this week.