LOS ANGELES, CA – More mosquitoes collected in the San Fernando Valley have been tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to health authorities. Two samples from Sherman Oaks and Porter Ranch tested positive last week, officials from the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District announced this weekend.
Earlier this month, a sample from Panorama City was tested positive for the virus, which can cause serious infections in adults aged 50+
District health officials said that activities in West Nile begin slower this year than in earlier summer months.
"Last year, at the end of the 29th week, we had already reported 43 positive samples," said Susanne Kluh, director of the department's scientific technical services.
But Kluh and other officials said the prospect of additional hot days before the end of the summer could lead to increased reproduction of mosquitoes that can spread the virus. [1
West Nile virus is going through transmit the bite of an infected mosquito to humans and animals, even though most people who become infected with the virus show no symptoms
One in five infected individuals The virus shows symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea or rash that can last for several days to months.
One in 150 people who are infected with the virus may require hospitalization for severe symptoms, fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, or paralysis.
In some severe cases, West Nile virus can cause death.
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