West Nile Virus was detected in test animals and mosquitoes located in three cities in the San Gabriel Valley, local authorities announced this week.
The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District found samples of mosquitos in Arcadia infected with the disease and also tested chicken flocks in Arcadia, Irwindale and Monterey Park and found positive signs of the disease.
The first bird found with the virus this year was collected in Arcadia in June.
In the Los Angeles basin, infected mosquitoes were found in a wide swath from Long Beach north through Signal Hill, Downey, Cerritos, Santa Fe Springs and Norwalk, then north into the San Gabriel Valley cities of Hacienda Heights and South El Monte.
Dead birds with the virus were found in San Pedro, Downey, Tarzana and Long Beach.
Vector control offers the following tips for avoiding West Nile:
- Avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active -from dusk to dawn
- Wear light colored and tight-weaved, long sleeves and pants and apply repellent to exposed skin if outdoors during these times
- Follow the label directions on repellents carefully andvisit http://www.ew g.org/research/ewgs-guide-bugrepellents for information about choosing the best repellent for you and your activity
- Do not rely on candles or 'zappers' to prevent bites. High powered outdoor fans have been shown to be effective at deterring mosquitoes
- Ensure doors and window s are properly screened to keep mosquitoes out of the house
- Report mosquito problems or receive additional information by calling (626) 814-9466 or online at www.SGVmosquito.org