West Nile Virus has been confirmed in the San Gabriel Valley cities of Arcadia, Irwindale, and Monterey Park. The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District collected samples of mosquitos and chicken flocks in the 3 cities and found the virus.
The positive samples came from the LA County Arboretum and the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, the Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area in Irwindale, and near the Garvey Ranch Park in Monterey Park.
Vector Control means the different ways people try to get rid of the creatures that spread diseases.
SGV Vector Control officials say West Nile Virus has been active around Southern California this year, and warn that August and September are peak months for the virus transmission. They say this is the first confirmation of West Nile in the SGV this year.
Some tips they’re giving San Gabriel Valley residents to avoid getting and passing along West Nile:
- Get rid of standing water on property
- Report mosquito activity to the district: (626) 814-9466 or www.SGVmosquito.org.
- Avoid areas with active mosquitos
- Wear light colored long sleeves and pants
- Apply repellant if skin is exposed outdoors
- Use high powered outdoor fans vs. candles and zappers to keep mosquitos away
- Keep proper screens on windows and doors