West Nile reported in Los Angeles County

05/16/2014 5:02 pm1 commentViews: 22

 

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A mosquito trapped in Sherman Oaks is the first this
year in Los Angeles County found to be carrying West Nile virus, the Greater
Los Angeles County Vector Control District reported today.
The mosquito was collected in the 91403 ZIP code.
“This is an unfortunate reminder that West Nile virus continues to be a
problem here in Los Angeles County,” district spokeswoman  Kelly Middleton
said. “We can anticipate more activity as the season progresses.”
The mild winter and unseasonably warm temperatures were conducive to
early mosquito breeding, Middleton said.
West Nile virus — which has no known cure — is transmitted to people
and animals through the bite of an infected

This close-up view of a mosquito resting on human skin, shows the dark-scaled proboscis which has a broad median white band.

This close-up view of a mosquito resting on human skin, shows the dark-scaled proboscis which has a broad median white band.

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Health officials estimate that about one in five people infected with
West Nile virus will exhibit symptoms, which may include fever, headache, body
ache, nausea and skin rashes.
Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness,
coma, paralysis and possible death, authorities said. About one in 150 people
infected with the virus require hospitalization.
“The threat is real and cannot be underestimated,” district public
information officer Levy Sun said. “The warm weather and neglected water
sources, such as swimming pools and flowerpot saucers, have provided perfect
conditions for mosquitoes to thrive.”
Any water left standing for more than a week is a potential mosquito
breeding spot.

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