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Two birds test positive for West Nile virus in Valencia

Posted: August 16, 2013 3:18 p.m.
Updated: August 16, 2013 3:18 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - Two birds found dead in Valencia have tested positive for West Nile Virus, marking the third confirmed appearance of the virus in the Santa Clarita Valley, officials with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District announced Friday.

The two birds were found in the 91355 ZIP code, which encompasses much of Valencia, county officials said.

This is the second straight week the Vector Control District has confirmed West Nile activity in the Santa Clarita Valley. A mosquito tested positive for the virus last week in Newhall.

Another mosquito tested positive for the virus earlier this summer.

Two other dead birds in the Vector Control District’s boundaries, one in Valley Village and one in Van Nuys, also tested positive for the virus this past week.

Along with the four dead birds, district officials found 44 mosquitoes that tested positive for the disease countywide, including two in Los Angeles, four in Van Nuys and two in Northridge.

This year to date, 208 mosquitoes and 40 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile Virus in the boundaries of the Vector Control District, which takes in 1,330 square miles and is home to 6 million residents in the Los Angeles area.

West Nile virus is spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.

Those infected with the disease can experience an array of symptoms, ranging from fever, headache, body aches and nausea to more serious symptoms such as stiffness, coma or death.

There is currently no cure for West Nile virus.

Vector Control District officials say residents can reduce the risk of exposure to the virus by avoiding outdoor activities in the early evening or early morning hours when mosquitoes are most active, wearing long-sleeve shirts, pants and mosquito repellent when venturing outside and eliminating or reporting standing water where mosquitoes can breed.



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