Public encouraged to take precaution against West Nile virus

West Nile virus (WNV) activity continues in Los Angeles County as children head back to school. The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has identified two more WNV positive mosquito samples and two more WNV positive dead birds.
The positive mosquito samples were collected in Cerritos, and La Mirada. The positive dead birds were found in Cerritos and Winnetka. So far this year, the District has reported 33 WNV positive mosquito samples and 13 WNV positive dead birds. Statewide, 919 WNV-positive mosquito samples and 285 WNV-positive dead birds have been reported.
West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn. Children participating in after-school activities can protect themselves from mosquito bites by using Centers for Disease Control-approved insect repellent and wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants.
Residents can follow the Three Ds of West Nile virus prevention to protect themselves and their families:

1. Dump/drain
Eliminate standing water on property because that’s where mosquitoes breed.
2. Dusk/dawn
Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.
3. Defend
Wear CDC-approved insect repellent and long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors. Use properly fitted and well maintained screens on windows and doors around the home.

Contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 or visit glacvcd.org to report a green pool or to submit a service request. For additional West Nile virus information, visit westnile.ca.gov or call 1-877-WNV BIRD to report a dead bird or squirrel.

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