West Nile virus found in AV
Mosquito & Vector Control District offers support
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) reported to the Antelope Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District that recently one chicken in East Lancaster and one chicken in West Palmdale tested positive for West Nile virus.
In 2012, only 10 California residents total have tested positive for the virus, according to CDPH, and one woman in Kern County died at age 88 from the virus.
While West Nile Virus most commonly appears in birds, and is rarely contracted by humans, the district continues to warn residents to protect themselves by following a few safety precautions.
Residents are encouraged to drain all standing water to prevent mosquito breeding; to wear repellent when outdoors; and report dead birds by calling (877) 968-2917.
To obtain the mosquito-eating fish, or for further questions, call (661) 942-2917.