West Nile Virus Samples In Studio City
Posted by Alex Mazariegos on Aug 14, 2013 - 3:40:59 PM
A mosquito sample.
STUDIO CITY—Four new communities in the Los Angeles County are now confirmed to be hosting West Nile Virus (WNV) activity, according to the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD).
San Marino and Willowbrook were identified by the GLACVCD the week of August 5, and county officials say these are the first such conclusive signs of virus presence in the communities for 2013. A total of 23 mosquito samples, at least one coming from
StudioCity, and 14 dead birds were confirmed positive for
West Nile virus, and thus far, a total of 164 positive mosquito samples and 36 dead birds are substantiated for the year. WNV activity has already been established in North Hollywood, Los Feliz, Sherman Oaks and
To combat and prevent
West Nile virus infection, the GLACVCD provided residents the following procedures, dubbed the “Three D's:”
-Eliminate or report standing water on your property because that’s where mosquitoes breed.
-Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.
-If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
On August 7, the GLACVCD launched its second door-to-door awareness campaign in
SouthBay to inform residents of the WNV, following a similar campaign in
Carson on July 31. Currently, no cure exists for the West Nile Virus. Infected persons may experience a drastic range of symptoms, including body aches, nausea, skin rash, muscle weakness, and paralysis. Death is also possible.
County officials are asking for the public's help in reporting dead birds as a way of monitoring
West Nile virus spread. Anyone with relevant information is asked to contact the California Department of Public Health at 877-WNV-BIRD or visit www.westnile.ca.gov.
Serving Bel Air, Benedict Canyon, Beverly Hills. Brentwood, Laurel Canyon, Los Feliz, Malibu, Pacific Palisades, Melrose, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Topanga, Canyon, Westwood & Hollywood Hills.