More dead birds with the were collected last week in the San Fernando Valley, including one more in Studio City, two in Woodland Hills, one each in Encino, Canoga Park, Van Nuys, Reseda, Glendale and for the first time in Tarzana, according to the .
Bird and mosquito tests are being done to identify areas where the West Nile Virus may be prevalent, and officials are urging caution in the area, and asking people to dump out still water and keep pools clean.
“Children are going back to school, but there are still mosquitoes out there because the weather is still so warm,” said the vector control district public information officer Crystal Brown. “We want to keep reminding people how to protect themselves, and certainly the children.”
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The count for Studio City is now six dead birds with the virus this year, and that is the most in the San Fernando Valley, with five found in Northridge and four found in Chatsworth so far this year. Studio City has recorded 10 mosquito traps testing positive for the virus.
Encino this past week alone, had 15 tests come back positive for the virus of the samples collected, and Van Nuys had nine this past week.
Only Cerritos and Covina have more positive tests for birds and mosquitoes with the virus than the communities in the San Fernando Valley.
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Number of WNV+ dead birds collected
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This brings the District's total to 117 WNV positive dead birds, 318 WNV positive mosquito samples, and 13 sentinel chickens with WNV antibodies so far this year. Statewide, there have been 358 WNV positive dead birds, 1,265 WNV positive mosquito samples, and 99 sentinel chickens showing WNV antibodies.
Protect yourself and your family from West Nile virus by following the 3 D's of West Nile virus prevention:1. Dump/Drain
Eliminate standing water on your property because that's where mosquitoes breed.
Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active.
Wear insect repellent containing EPA-registered ingredients such as DEET, IR3535, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors. Use properly-fitted screens free from tears on windows and doors around your home to keep mosquitoes out.
For more information about West Nile virus and vector control services, please contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 x511 or visit www.glacvcd.org.
For statewide information and statistics about West Nile virus or to report a dead bird or squirrel, visit www.westnile.ca.gov or call 1-877-WNV-BIRD.