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More West Nile virus activity recorded in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: August 23, 2013 5:25 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2013 5:25 p.m.

A mosquito in Newhall and a dead bird found in Santa Clarita have tested positive for West Nile virus, marking the fourth time this year viral activity has been confirmed in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Both positive tests were recorded over the past week, according to information released by the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.

The positive mosquito test is the second in Newhall this year, according to statistics from the Vector Control District.

The dead bird was found in the 91350 ZIP code. This is the third dead bird in the past two weeks to test positive for the disease in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Two dead birds that tested positive for the virus were found in the 91355 ZIP code of Valencia last week.

Throughout the boundaries of the Vector Control District, officials confirmed positive test results for 20 dead birds, including one in Van Nuys and four in Long Beach.

District officials also confirmed 32 positive tests for the virus in mosquitoes, including one in Sunland, two in Los Angeles and four in Valley Glen.

The virus is spread to humans by infected mosquitoes.

Those who are infected with the disease can experience a variety of symptoms, including fever, body aches and nausea, as well as more serious symptoms such as stiffness, coma or death.

There is no cure for West Nile virus.

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