The organizers of the 626 Night Market, the largest Asian night market in the United States, have been busily preparing for their Labor Day weekend event at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. But a small, winged complication has flown into their plan.
Mosquitoes and chickens in Arcadia and the San Gabriel Valley have recently tested positive for West Nile virus, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. Some of the samples containing the virus, which is most commonly spread by mosquitoes that bit infected birds, came from Santa Anita Park's racetrack.
The 626 Night Market organizers say they are working with Santa Anita Park management and the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control to contain the spreading of the virus and protect the park from mosquitoes. They will be spraying the stable area where the virus was found with repellant, said Kelly Middleton, public information officer for Mosquito & Vector Control.
Attending the outdoor event should be safe, according to Middleton, as long as visitors take precautions to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Contracting the virus can be prevented by wearing long sleeves and long pants and applying insect repellant containing deet and picaridin, ingredients that are effective at fending off mosquitoes. The 626 Night Market information booths will be stocking repellant in case visitors need them.
Thousands of people are expected to attend Saturday and Sunday's 626 Night Market, which will feature 150 local restaurants, food vendors, entrepreneurs, merchandise vendors, artists, musicians, and non-profit organizations from the San Gabriel Valley and Southern California. This weekend's event will mark the last 626 Night Market of the summer.