Two more mosquito pools in county test positive for West Nile

Two more mosquito pools in county test positive for West Nile

"West Nile virus is endemic in Los Angeles County".

In hot, dry weather, mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus breed in stagnant water and multiply rapidly.

The products applied by the District are created to quickly reduce adult mosquito populations and to protect public health and welfare.

Four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a Culex mosquitoes, commonly called a house mosquito, which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Symptoms from contracting the disease can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea or a skin rash, according to the department. One in 150 people will develop a serious illness, according to the Health Department. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.

"Our agency will continue monitoring virus activity and controlling mosquitoes in affected areas, " said Anais Medina Diaz, public information officer for the district.

Many mosquito repellents are available to prevent bites, but they do not all work equally well.

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NPHO is advising the public to take steps to avoid exposure to ordinary mosquitos (mosquito repellent, mosquito nets, watering plants in the morning, not leaving standing water around residences etc), which are the main vectors for the disease.

Following label instructions, apply a mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Remove standing water whenever possible.

Ensure that swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained.

Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and other small containers weekly.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District historically found West Nile Virus cases in the early summer during the past 16 years. They can also contact the Sacramento-Yolo mosquito control district and request their staff to install mosquito-eating fish in their ponds, free of charges.

Report neglected (green) swimming pools in your neighborhood to your vector control district.

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