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.
The GLACVCD recommends residents follow the Three D’s of West Nile virus prevention to protect themselves and their families: