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West Nile Virus and Invasive Aedes Activity Update

LOS ANGELES – 9/6/2016 – This past week, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) confirmed additional West Nile virus (WNV) positive activity within its jurisdiction.

GLACVCD confirmed 24 mosquito samples and five dead birds that tested positive for WNV. As further indication the virus is active, GLACVCD confirmed virus activity in nine sentinel chickens.

Vector control detected WNV activity for the first time this year in the following cities or communities:
• Harbor City
• Maywood

“Mosquitoes are very active in our communities right now,” said Levy Sun, GLACVCD’s public information officer. “One way we can all protect ourselves is to take preventative measures against mosquitoes, and that starts in backyards and patios.”

GLACVCD recommends that residents remove all standing water at least once a week from any container that can hold water. Also, residents should use insect repellent when they are outdoors, and, if possible, wear long sleeves and pants.

See tips on preventing mosquito breeding and staying bite-free

Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes Update

GLACVCD staff is also advising residents to be vigilant against invasive Aedes mosquitoes. These day-biting, black-and-white mosquitoes have been confirmed in additional communities in Los Angeles County.

Residents experiencing mosquito problems during the day or at night, even after dumping all standing water, can receive help from the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 or visit www.ReportMosquitoes.org.

Media Contact:

Levy Sun, Public Information Officer: [email protected] | Office: 562-944-9656 x511 | 562-325-3271

Kelly Middleton, Director of Community Affairs: [email protected] | Office: 562-944-9656 x510 | 562-777-4584