Recently, a dead bird, found in West Hollywood, tested positive for West Nile Virus. After this discovery, the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control has urged its Weho residents to report any dead birds. Found in the 90069 area code, this bird was the first found in the city this year. Although it was found in West Hollywood, officials aren’t sure where the animal contracted the virus, due t the migratory feeding and nesting patterns of birds. How is this virus spread, you may ask? The culprit–Mosquitoes! The birds are not to give you a scare; it’s the other flying creatures of which you must beware! West Nile Virus is spread through mosquito bites, and with increased rain, mosquitoes are bound to follow. Want to protect yourself; here’s what to do: Be watchful during the periods around dawn and dusk–this is when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Make sure home windows have tight-fitting screens, and don’t leave doors open for prolonged periods of time. Be sure that any standing water around the house is drained, and with regards to repellents, use ones with DEET!
Just a couple of handy facts to keep those pesky mosquitoes off your back!
Article contents derived from (Beverly Press, Volume 21 No.44, pg. 6)