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West Nile Virus Detected in Northridge

Friday, July 08, 2022 at 11:40 AM Subject: West Nile Virus Detected in Northridge for the first time this year

Dear Northridge Neighborhood Councils (East, West, and South), West Nile Virus Detection: The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has confirmed the first mosquito samples to test positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in the community of Northridge this year. The mosquitoes were collected in traps in the community on June 30th. District staff will place posters around the trap locations to advise residents to use precautions when mosquitoes are present. Attached is also a press release that the District will send out on Monday, July 11th to the media. For the updated numbers, please visit: WNV is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for WNV. One in five persons infected with the virus will exhibit symptoms. Symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. There is no human vaccine for WNV, and severe cases can lead to paralysis or even death. Resources for Your City: The City/Agency Resource page on our website may be helpful for you and your residents: Mosquito Prevention and Protection Mosquito control is a shared responsibility and residents must take an active role in reducing the threat of WNV in their neighborhoods by taking the following steps:

  • Eliminate standing water in clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets, watering troughs or anything that holds water for more than a week.

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

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

  • Request mosquitofish from your local vector control district for placement in ornamental ponds.

  • Wear insect repellent when outdoors where mosquitoes may be present.

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

VIEW MORE INFORMATION HERE Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great weekend! Anais Anais Medina Diaz | Public Information Officer (Pronouns: she/her/ella) Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District 12545 Florence Ave. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 Office: 562-944-9656 ext.515 Mobile: 562-360-5440

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