More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

SANTA FE SPRINGS - Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were discovered in Santa Fe Springs, Bellflower, Lakewood and Glendale last week, authorizes announced.Last month, two mosquitoes from Downey tested positive for the virus, which poses health risks for residents, particularly the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. Officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District said 13 mosquito samples and three dead American crows tested last week were found to have the virus. Authorities encouraged residents to decrease their risk of getting bit by an infected mosquito by eliminated standing water around their home, including clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets and anything that holds water for more than a week. Water in pet dishes and birdbaths should be changed at least weekly, and swimming pools and spas should be properly maintained. Mosquito-eating fish are available at no cost to use in out-of-order swimming pools, spas and ponds by calling (562) 944-9656. Residents are also urged to wear insect repellent when outdoors where mosquitoes are present.

********** Published: July 11, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 13