Last Update: Thursday, December 12, 2013
|Back-to-School Tips: Stay Safe from Mosquito Bites and West Nile Virus|
|Written by San Fernando Valley Sun|
|Thursday, 12 September 2013 05:37|
The Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District (GLACVCD) welcomes all students back to school and wish to remind them and their families that the threat of West Nile virus is still widespread in Los Angeles County. The GLACVCD has confirmed WNVpositive test results for 30 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus. Here are three tips to avoid mosquito bites and the diseases they can transmit.
1. Understand the Threat - "West Nile virus is endemic, which means it's here to stay in Los Angeles County," said Levy Sun, GLACVCD public information officer.
About twenty percent of people infected will exhibit flulike symptoms and one in 150 people infected will require hospitalization. There is no vaccine or cure for the virus. Please refer to the chart below for a breakdown of the latest West Nile virus activity.
So far this year, the District has reported a total of 297 positive mosquito samples and 63 dead birds. In addition, 17 total surveillance chickens have shown antibodies for West Nile virus.
2. Apply Insect Repellent - Many students play sports or are outdoors from late afternoon to evening. During this time, mosquitoes are active. The District recommends using insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites and to reduce the risk of acquiring any mosquito- borne diseases. Insect repellent that are most effective contains EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
3. Dump and Drain - Eliminate standing water on your property. It takes about five days for mosquito eggs in a saucer or dirty pool to hatch into biting adults.
Also, the public is encouraged to report dead birds to help with West Nile virus surveillance and control efforts because birds play an important role in maintaining and spreading the virus. To reach the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), call their toll-free hotline at 877- WNV BIRD or visit them online at www.westnile.ca.gov.
For more information, please contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 or visit www.glacvcd.org. For media inquiries, please contact GLACVCD Public Information Officer Levy Sun at (562) 325-3271.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 12 September 2013 05:41|