The East Valley communities of Studio City, Toluca Lake, Valley Village and North Hollywood have mosquito samples and dead birds testing positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the Aug. 23 report by the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
It confirmed WNV-positive test results last week for 32 mosquito samples and 20 dead birds tested positive for West Nile virus - a sign that the virus is active in many communities. People are urged to protect themselves by dumping any standing water in their yards, wear insect repellent and avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes are most active between dusk and dawn.
Several communities had positive test results West Nile Virus: Valley Village (4), Studio City (3), Toluca Lake (2) and North Hollywood (2). North Hollywood also test for onepositive West Nile Virus dead bird.
So far this year, the district has reported a total of 240 positive mosquito samples and 61 dead birds. In addition, five total surveillance chickens have shown antibodies for West Nile virus.
The public is encouraged to report dead birds to help with West Nile virus surveillance and control efforts because birds play an important role in maintaining and spreading the virus. To reach the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), call their toll-free hotline at 877-WNV BIRD or visit them on-line atwww.westnile.ca.gov.
For more information, please contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District at (562) 944-9656 or visit www.glacvcd.org.