West Nile Virus discovered in Valley Glen

Aug 20, 2021: The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has confirmed the first mosquito sample to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in Valley Glen this year. The mosquitoes were collected in a trap in Valley Glen on August 12th. The updated numbers can be found at: https://www.glacvcd.org/west-nile-virus-activity-2021.

WNV is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for WNV. Every fifth person infected with the virus shows symptoms. Symptoms can include a fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a rash. There is no human vaccine for WNV, and severe cases can lead to paralysis or even death.

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 stagnant water in clogged gutters, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets, drinking troughs, or anything that holds water for more than a week.
  • Make sure swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained.
  • Change the water in animal bowls, bird baths, and other small containers weekly.
  • Request mosquito fish from your local vector control district to be placed in ornamental ponds.
  • Wear insect repellant outdoors where mosquitoes may be present.
  • Report neglected (green) swimming pools in your neighborhood to your vector control district.

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