The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD/District) has confirmed nine additional mosquito samples that tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This brings the total number of positive samples within the district’s service area to 12 this year.
The new positive samples were collected from six different communities: Granada Hills, Hacienda Heights, Lake Balboa, Northridge, Panorama City, and Whittier.
West Nile virus is endemic to Los Angeles County, and warm temperatures can increase virus activity and mosquito populations. Visit VectorSurv Maps or WestNile.ca.gov for a comprehensive look at this year’s West Nile virus activity throughout Los Angeles County and Southern California.
Mosquito control is a shared responsibility and residents must take an active role in reducing the threat of WNV in their neighborhoods by taking these additional steps:
• Eliminate standing water in clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets, watering troughs or anything that holds water for more than a week.
• Change the water in pet dishes, bird baths and other small containers weekly.
• Wear EPA-registered and CDC-recommended insect repellent when outdoors where mosquitoes may be present.
• Report neglected (green) swimming pools in your neighborhood to your vector control district.
• Share this information with your community to decrease mosquito populations.
For more information, residents can contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656, online at www.GLAmosquito.org, or on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.