Studio City News
Contaminated Pool Infects Residents
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Aug 22, 2012 - 1:13:44 PM

STUDIO CITY—A report has been made of two possible West Nile virus cases in Studio City. A woman and a 17-year-old boy who've reportedly been infected with the disease are blaming a nearby abandoned pool.

Director of Community Affairs at the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, Truc Dever, has stated that the two cases have not been confirmed as of yet. However, there have been a total of 26 reported cases in California this year, four of which were confirmed cases in the Los Angeles County.

The virus is transferred to humans from mosquitoes who have fed on infected birds. Only 10 to 15 percent of those infected with the disease experience symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches. The risk of serious illness for humans is low.

Debbie Davis is a Studio City resident who noticed the algae-green pool behind a foreclosed home next door last spring and realized that it could make someone infected with the virus.

Davis called code enforcement, public health and bank officials in order to clean the extremely dirt swimming pool located on the 3600 block of Bellfield Way. Davis did not receive word back and squatters attained the home as the pool remained contaminated.

Another family is awaiting their blood test results in order to verify whether or not they have been infected with the virus. Javin Reid, 17, has been experiencing symptoms of the disease. He is suffering from a terrible rash and a fever. The family stated that they have been complaining for months to health officials about the unhealthy state of the swimming pool with no word back.

Davis received a call last week from the Red Cross to inform her that her blood donation was contaminated with the West Nile Virus. She immediately contacted her doctor, BAC Field Services, and Building and Safety in order to inform them that the pool was infected just as she had warned.

Davis is one of many around the region who have tried to receive some maintenance on foreclosed homes. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich sued at least two major banks due to their inability to maintain hundreds of properties they own throughout the city. The City Council also attempted to pressure banks into taking care of foreclosed properties by passing ordinance.

The man who now lives in the foreclose home states that he and his roommate both pay rent for the home and are not squatters. They have scheduled the pool to be cleaned sometime this week.

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