STUDIO CITY—The Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District (GLACVDC) has confirmed positive test results for the West Nile Virus in 30 mosquito samples. Among the areas that are hit by threats of the endemic West Nile virus include
City, Hollywood Hills, Sherman Oaks, Encino and Van Nuys.
Mosquito on human skin
According to district reports, there are 297 positive mosquito samples and 17 surveillance chickens that currently possess the antibodies for the
West Nile virus. In addition, they have also found 63 dead birds that were most likely to have been affected by the virus as well.
There is currently no vaccine or cure for the virus. The most common symptoms for the virus is a flu-like disposition.
The GLAVCD urges adults and children alike to frequently apply insect or mosquito repellent in order to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Buy insect repellents with the active ingredient DEET, Picaridin or IR3535.
Homemade insect repellants made from essential oils are claimed to be extremely effective. Oils of catnip, organic soybean, neem oil mixed with coconut oil, garlic oil, oils of eucalyptus, cinnamon, castor, rosemary, cedar, peppermint and lavender are also said to be wonderful solutions to mosquito and insect bites, according to various sources.
Avoiding outside activity from late afternoon to evening are also advised against since mosquitoes become more active during this period. Avoiding and eliminating still water is also advised since it contains water-borne diseases and also because mosquito eggs hatch within five days. Even water that is left in eggs, saucers or puddles are enough for mosquitoes to hatch their eggs rapidly.
The West Nile virus is a mosquito borne disease that affects people in the
United States. As of September 10, 2013 there have been 117 cases of West Nile virus in the state of
California alone. The virus exists in nature through a transmission cycle involving mosquitoes and birds. Mosquitoes can become infected with the
West Nile virus when they feed on dead birds. The virus is not spread by person-to-person contact, such as touching or caring for someone who is infected.
The public is encouraged to report dead birds, wear protective clothing and insect repellent when going outdoors, install repairs on windows and screens to keep mosquitoes outside and to use air conditioning if available. It is important to empty water from gutters, pool covers, flower pots, buckets, pet water dishes, birdbaths and discarded tires.
Please call the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) at their toll-free hotline at 877-WNV BIRD or visit them on-line at http://www.westnile.ca.gov/.