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Mosquito in Newhall tests positive for West Nile Virus

Posted: August 9, 2013 6:33 p.m.
Updated: August 9, 2013 6:33 p.m.

A mosquito sample collected in Newhall has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District said Friday.

This is the second mosquito to test positive in the Santa Clarita Valley this year, but the first sign of viral activity in Newhall, according to officials.

In the past week, the Vector Control District has confirmed 23 mosquito samples that tested positive for West Nile virus, as well as 14 dead birds found to be infected with the disease.

West Nile virus is spread to humans by infected mosquitoes, often those that have fed on infected birds.

Those infected with West Nile virus can experience an array of symptoms, including fever, headache, body aches, skin rash or nausea.

In extreme cases, viral infection can lead to muscle weakness, stiffness, paralysis, coma or death.

There is no cure for West Nile virus.

To prevent the risk of exposure to the virus, county officials say residents should avoid outdoor activities in the early evening or early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active, wear pants and long-sleeved shirts along with mosquito repellent when venturing outside and eliminate or report standing water where mosquitoes breed.

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District takes in 1,330 square miles that is home to 6 million residents in the Los Angeles area.




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