Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — West Nile Warning sign on Clark Avenue near Myers Street in Burbank August 15, 2013
West Nile virus warning signs are up in Burbank after two more mosquito samples tested positive for the disease. The first occurred back in July. Now two more mosquito samples, one near 600 North Myers Street and the second around 2000 Evergreen Street, were confirmed as positive last Friday. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reports 164 positive mosquito samples and 36 dead birds. There have been 22 people infected by the West Nile virus this year.
GLACVCD public information officer, Levy Sun, told me those numbers are not unusual for mid-summer, however, they’re seeing more positive samples in the Santa Clarita area and South Bay. Earlier, this month, Los Angeles County health officials reported the first human death this year as result of the West Nile virus. The victim, an elderly South Bay man, had pre-existing health conditions.
Photo: FLLewis/Media City G — West Nile Virus warning sign on Magnolia Boulevard near Myers Street Burbank August 15, 2013
The GLACVCD recommends residents follow the Three D’s of West Nile virus prevention to protect themselves and their families:
Eliminate or report standing water on your property because that’s where mosquitoes
Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.
If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts
and apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET,
Picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Sun says the public’s help is needed to stay on top of this long term problem: “West Nile virus is endemic, which means it’s here to stay and it will continue to be pervasive in our communities. Just because West Nile virus positive samples haven’t been detected in your neighborhood, it doesn’t mean the virus isn’t active there. We do recognize the public, including residents in Burbank, as a major help in identifying breeding sources in the community. If Burbank residents wish to report mosquito problems, they can call us at 818-364-9589.”