West Nile virus found in Signal Hill

SIGNAL HILL - Two more mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus, including samples in Signal Hill and Whittier.The virus was detected in the Signal Hill zip code of 90755. It is the first confirmation of virus activity in Signal Hill this year, officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District said. The Whittier sample was the second to test positive for West Nile virus in as many weeks. Last week, the virus was found in the 90605 zip code. The latest sample was taken from 90604. "West Nile virus is clearly picking up this month," said Truc Dever, director of community affairs for the vector control district. "If temperatures remain high this summer, we can expect greater mosquito populations and potentially higher incidences of West Nile virus activity." West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.

********** Published: July 29, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 15