West Nile virus and Aedes activity update 10/12

LOS ANGELES – 10/12/2016 – Despite it being the beginning of autumn, both West Nile virus and invasive Aedes mosquitoes activity continues to increase.

This past week, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) confirmed WNV activity in 19 additional mosquito samples and two sentinel chickens.

To date, 350 of 1,735 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV this year. They were collected from 76 different cities/communities indicating widespread WNV activity throughout GLACVCD.

Vector control detected WNV activity for the first time this year in the following cities or communities:

“The season is not over yet,” warns Levy Sun, GLACVCD’s public information officer. “Taking 10 minutes to check for standing water can save you or your family member from spending weeks in the hospital from a mosquito bite.”

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.

See tips on preventing mosquito breeding and staying bite-free

Invasive Aedes Mosquitoes Update

Alert residents continue to report new infestations. The communities experiencing new Aedes infestations in the past month are Bell, Carson, Cerritos, Diamond Bar, Hacienda Heights, Historic South-Central (L.A.), Lake View Terrace (L.A.), Pacoima (L.A.), and Santa Fe Springs. See ALL cities in GLACVCD that have invasive Aedes mosquitoes.

These day-biting, black-and-white mosquitoes spread easily, and can lay their eggs along the waterline on containers as small as a bottle cap. The Aedes mosquitoes have the potential to transmit Zika, chikungunya and other debilitating viruses. There is currently no confirmation of transmission from mosquitoes to people in GLACVCD.

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.