West Nile warning issued in SGV

West Nile warning issued in SGV
West Nile

Mosquitoes are vectors, which means they are capable of transmitting a disease and can be considered a public health nuisance. Around the world, there are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes. (Source: Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District)

Disease control authorities this week warned residents of San Marino that West Nile virus has been found among mosquitoes and dead birds in the community.

The announcement by officials with the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District marks the first finding of the year in the West San Gabriel Valley. Officials in Pasadena said the virus has not been spotted in the Crown City, but urged residents to take precautions.

“There are some easy things you can to do to help prevent mosquito bites,” Pasadena Public Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh said in a press release. “Clean up habitats where mosquitoes can breed and grow; cover up by wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when weather permits, and use bug repellent.”

West Nile has been detected in 78 mosquito samples from 38 communities around Los Angeles County. About 31 dead birds were infected, county vector control officials said. 

Residents can fight mosquito infestations by eliminating containers with stagnant water. Mosquito problems can be reported to vector control officials at (562) 944-9656 or visit www.ReportMosquitoes.org.

Los Angeles  County Department of Public Health officials have reported one human case of West Nile virus. The unidentified patient contracted the virus in Echo Park, officials said. 

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