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West Nile Virus Update 2019

West nile virus alert in San Gabriel Valley

 

The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District (SGVMVCD) has confirmed West Nile virus (WNV) activity in multiple cities.

It's easy to forget a small mosquito bite can make you sick. Wear repellent when outdoors and dump stagnant water weekly.

The District routinely monitors populations of adult mosquitoes using traps and tests groups of adult female mosquitoes for the presence of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases. SGVMVCD also tests wild birds, such as crows, which can provide insight into the spread of WNV. Year-round, vector control specialists monitor stagnant water sources where mosquitoes grow

“Hundreds of stagnant water sources ranging from plant saucers to swimming pools can be found in a community,” said SGVMVCD Operations Manager Jason Farned. “We need residents and business owners to take responsibility of mosquito issues around their properties.”

Not every mosquito bite causes illness or death, but the risk of getting sick increases during warmer months.

“It’s easy to forget that a small mosquito can send you to the hospital and impact your life,” said SGVMVCD Public Information Officer Levy Sun. “Every individual is responsible for preventing mosquitoes from growing in their yard or patio.”

San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District urges everyone to take the following recommendation to stay healthy and bite-free:

  • Tip and toss stagnant water around the home
  • Make sure all window and doors screens are in good repair on your property
  • Wear insect repellent containing CDC-recommended Picaridin, DEET, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. These are effective against mosquitoes when used as labeled
  • Contact San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District to report neglected swimming pools at www.SGVMosquito.org or 626-814-9466

About West Nile Virus
According to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, West Nile virus (WNV) is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, and a mild skin rash. WNV can affect the nervous system and result in meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and even death. People over 50 years of age and those with chronic health problems are at higher risk of severe illness. While not all mosquitoes carry this virus, the type of mosquito that spreads this virus is found throughout Los Angeles County.

About SGVMVCD
SGVMVCD is one of five vector control districts in Los Angeles County. Year-round, the agency monitors stagnant water sources, such as gutters, storm drains, channels and non-functional swimming pools. The agency also routinely monitors populations of adult mosquitoes using traps and tests groups of adult female mosquitoes for the presence of WNV and other mosquito-borne diseases. In addition, submitting wild birds, such as crows, for testing can provide insight into the spread of WNV.