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West Nile shows up in the Santa Clarita Valley

Mosquito found in 91350 Zipcode tests positive for virus

Posted: July 26, 2013 5:13 p.m.
Updated: July 26, 2013 5:13 p.m.
 

A mosquito in Santa Clarita has tested positive for West Nile virus, prompting county officials to urge residents to take steps limiting the possibility of infection.
Officials from the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, which includes the Santa Clarita Valley, announced the positive test in a news release Friday.
The mosquito sample was collected in Santa Clarita in the 91350 area code, which includes portions of Newhall and Saugus.
“The recent rain and expected hot temperatures are perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes that are capable of transmitting West Nile virus,” said Levy Sun, public information officer at the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
To reduce the risk of potential exposure, health officials encourage residents to eliminate any standing water that can be used as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and to wear insect repellent outdoors when mosquitoes are present.
“Luckily, residents can eliminate potential threats and bites by dumping standing water in their yards.” Sun said.
This is the first sign of virus activity in the Santa Clarita Valley so far this year, but there have been five confirmed cases of West Nile infection in humans throughout Los Angeles County.
Approximately 174 human cases of West Nile virus were reported in Los Angeles County in 2012, the second-highest annual total since 2004.
The virus can cause symptoms ranging from and, in severe cases, can be fatal. There is no cure for West Nile virus.
West Nile virus is carried by birds and spread to humans by mosquitoes that have fed on infected birds.
Members of the public are encouraged to report dead birds to the California Department of Public Health at 1-877-WNV-BIRD or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.

 

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