Residents should take precautions.
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich’s motion proclaiming the week of April 23 through April 29, 2007, as “West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week” throughout Los Angeles County.
West Nile virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause debilitating illness and death to humans, avian species, horses and other wildlife. In the last two years, West Nile virus has killed 24 people in California and sickened nearly 1,200 others. The State Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control predict the West Nile virus will again pose a public health threat in California in 2007.
“As we enter mosquito season and West Nile virus cases are identified, it is vital to educate the community on every possible avenue to protect individuals and animals from infection,” said Antonovich.
To reduce the West Nile threat in your yard and your neighborhood:
- Get rid of standing water – Empty containers and keep pools and spas chlorinated.
- Set sprinklers to allow the ground to dry completely before the next cycle.
- Get mosquito-eating fish for fish ponds, decorative pools or large horse troughs.
- Wear long sleeved shirts and pants and use CDC recommended mosquito repellents.
- Keep tight fitting screens on doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out.
- Make sure horses are properly vaccinated.
- Report dead birds and stagnant pools to 1-877-968-2473 or visit www.westnile.ca.gov.