State News
West Nile Virus Threat Grows
By Nedda Alishahi
Jul 18, 2013 - 7:20:32 PM

 

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LOS ANGELES—Four deaths have been reported in Southern California due to West Nile virus this past year and experts say the threat is growing in the Los Angeles County.

 

From August through October is said to be the worst time of year for mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus. Twenty percent of those who get the disease will have the serious form, which leads to other illnesses, including death.

 

The number of infections from West Nile virus has reportedly been twice as much in LA County compared to last year. Experts say that one of the reasons that the threat has grown is because the bird population has flourished since 2004 and since birds carry the disease onto mosquitoes, their growing in population can be a threat to humans.

 

Ways that people can avoid the mosquito bites that may lead to West Nile virus is by not leaving standing water sitting out, using insect repellent and putting screens on windows and doors.



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