City Urges Residents to Take Action Early to Avoid West Nile Virus
To prevent any potential incidents of West Nile Virus,
To prevent any potential incidents of West Nile Virus, the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District is warning residents to eliminate any standing pools of water that may have collected after the recent storms, as these are prime areas for mosquito breeding.
Recent rainfall that may have collected in local mosquito breeding areas can increase the risk of outbreaks. Mosquitoes breed in standing water and take only one week to hatch new swarms. Although West Nile Virus is not contagious or spread person-to-person, humans and animals can contract the illness when they are bitten by mosquitoes that have previously bitten infected birds. This year will mark the fourth year the virus has been present in Southern California.
“By taking precautions now, we can help control the spread of the West Nile Virus to our community,” said Donna Nuzzi, Emergency Services Supervisor for the City. Minimizing our risk is easy if residents will follow a few simple steps.” Residents of the City of Santa Clarita are being asked to inspect their property and to drain or remove any areas of standing water. To prevent insect bites, residents should wear long sleeve shirts and pants outdoors, especially at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, and use insect repellent containing DEET.
Members of the community are also urged to avoid touching wild birds and are asked to report any dead birds to the Department of Health Services at 1-877-WNV-BIRD or online, at www.westnile.ca.gov.