LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – More than two dozen mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile virus in Los Angeles County this week, bringing the total number of positive samples this year to 264, vector control officials reported Friday.
All 26 mosquito samples were taken from areas previously identified as positive for West Nile virus, according to the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District.
The areas hardest hit this year are Encino and North Hollywood with 14 positive samples each, Valley Village with 13 positive samples, Van Nuys and Pico Rivera with 12 positive samples each, and Studio City and Toluca Lake with 10 positive samples each.
As of October 2 that year, 93 human West Nile virus cases were reported in California – 27 of those cases were identified by the Los Angeles County Department of Health.
“The warm fall temperatures help the West Nile virus and mosquito season continue later in the year,” said Anais Medina Diaz, vector control information officer. “Residents must continue to practice mosquito control in their homes by removing stagnant water and wearing insect repellent
West Nile Virus symptoms include a fever, headache, body ache, nausea, or a rash. Serious symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, coma, and paralysis. The elderly and those with weakened immune systems are among the most at risk.
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