Rabies season 2014 started in February, with a bat found dead in an Agua Dulce swimming pool. Last year saw an abnormally high number of bats in Los Angeles County and a large percentage of them in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District has confirmed more West Nile virus (WNV) positive test results in 25 mosquito samples and three dead birds collected throughout its jurisdiction, including Santa Clarita.
The West Nile virus has been alive in Los Angeles County for more than a decade and emerges as the summer heats up. One Santa Clarita doctor wants to inform residents how they can steer clear of contracting the disease.