This past week, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District confirmed additional West Nile virus positive activity.
GLACVCD confirmed 24 mosquito samples and five dead birds that tested positive for WNV. As further indication the virus is active, GLACVCD confirmed virus activity in nine sentinel chickens.
There have been a total of 37 WNV samples, dead birds and sentinel chickens in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Vector control detected WNV activity for the first time this year in the following cities or communities:
– Harbor City
“Mosquitoes are very active in our communities right now,” said Levy Sun, GLACVCD’s public information officer. “One way we can all protect ourselves is to take preventative measures against mosquitoes, and that starts in backyards and patios.”
GLACVCD recommends that residents remove all standing water at least once a week from any container that can hold water. Also, residents should use insect repellent when they are outdoors, and, if possible, wear long sleeves and pants.
Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes Update
GLACVCD staff is also advising residents to be vigilant against invasive Aedes mosquitoes. These day-biting, black-and-white mosquitoes have been confirmed in additional communities in Los Angeles County.
Residents experiencing mosquito problems during the day or at night, even after dumping all standing water, can receive help from the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 or visit www.ReportMosquitoes.org.