West Nile Virus detected in several local cities - residents are urged to take protective measures
The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (SGVMVCD) has identified West Nile virus (WNV) in multiple hosts in the cities of Claremont, Covina, Glendora, Industry, Pomona, San Dimas, and West Covina. Vector control agencies use three main indicators to monitor West Nile virus (WNV) activity locally; infected mosquitoes, dead birds infected with the virus, and sentinel chickens with antibodies to the virus. Several samples of mosquitoes infected with WNV have been trapped in these cities, antibodies to WNV were found in two sentinel chickens, and three dead birds were infected with the virus.
Throughout the year, but especially during the summer, basic protective measures should be followed:
DUMP and DRAIN: Eliminate or report standing water on your property because that’s where mosquitoes breed.
DEFEND: If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and apply insect repellent containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
DUSK and DAWN: Avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active. The District encourages the public to help identify WNV "hot spots" by reporting dead birds to the WNV Hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD ((877) 968-2473) or online. They also urge residents to call the District to report any mosquito activity. Please visit their website for more information.
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