West Nile virus found in Pico Rivera mosquitoes

PICO RIVERA - A mosquito sample collected in Pico Rivera last week tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced.West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. One in 150 people infected with the virus require hospitalization. Officials did not say exactly where the mosquito was collected but it was in the 90660 zip code. Positive West Nile samples were also collected in Wilmington, Harbor City and the Valley Glenn community near North Hollywood. "While West Nile virus activity is not unusual at this time of year, the positive mosquito samples are a reminder that the virus is endemic to Los Angeles County," said Truc Dever, director of community affairs for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. "We urge residents every year to be proactive in managing potential mosquito breeding sources on their property and taking personal precautions to protect against mosquito bites."

********** Published: June 13, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 09