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August could bring cases of West Nile

Posted: July 28, 2011 8:30 a.m.
Updated: July 28, 2011 8:30 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita Valley residents were warned to prepare for West Nile virus season, which generally hits the valley in August, a county Vector Control District official said Wednesday.

For the past two years, West Nile Virus activity has started in the Santa Clarita Valley in August, said Crystal Brown, a public information officer for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

Mosquitoes, which carry the disease, are most active at night, so wearing long sleeves and long pants at night and applying bug spray to exposed skin will reduce the risk of getting the virus, Brown said.

It’s also important that property owners eliminate standing water, where mosquitoes breed.

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