Studio City News
West Nile Virus Samples In Studio City
By Alex Mazariegos
Aug 14, 2013 - 3:40:59 PM

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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).

 

Samples in Studio City, Newhall, 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 Studio City, 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 Whittier.

 

To combat and prevent West Nile virus infection, the GLACVCD provided residents the following procedures, dubbed the “Three D's:”

 

1. Dump/Drain

-Eliminate or report standing water on your property because that’s where mosquitoes breed.

 

2. Dusk/Dawn

-Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.

 

3. Defend

-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 South Bay 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.



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