SHERMAN OAKS, CA – Summer ends, and that means cases of West Nile virus will boot up. In fact, mosquitoes trapped in the San Fernando Valley have continued to be tested positive for the virus.
Since the beginning of July, 19 positive samples have been collected, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District reported Monday. The virus, which remains undetected in most infected individuals with few to no symptoms, can be fatal to others like the very old or those with weakened immune symptoms. The disease has no known cure.
So far this year, 10 people in Los Angeles have contracted the disease so far, according to the county health department. Of those 1
The positive samples were collected between July 3 and 7 at Burbank, Encino, La Mirada, Montebello, Northridge, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley and Van Nuys. August 16, 19659002 West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito and is a leading cause of severe nervous system infections in adults over 50 in Los Angeles County.
Residents are encouraged to ensure that water containers are emptied on private land to prevent the multiplication of mosquitoes.
The district also recommends residents to use Environmental Protection Agency-registered repellents, including DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and lemon eucalyptus oil, to prevent bites WNV disease
For more information, visit the district's website, www .glacvcd.org, or call (562) 944-9656
City News Service and Patch Associate Paige Austin has contributed to this report. Photo: Shutterstock