Mosquito ‘breeding sites’ in Northridge among areas targeted for West Nile virus prevention efforts

From the Los Angeles Daily News
August 29, 2018

Mosquito breeding sites in Northridge and surrounding neighborhoods are the target of a wider effort to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly West Nile virus in Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando Valley.

Vector control district officials earlier this month identified six “chronic mosquito breeding sites” in Northridge and other northwest San Fernando Valley neighborhoods that Los Angeles city officials need to address. Those areas have large amounts of stagnant water pooling around clogged gutters and other public infrastructure, officials said.

Samples taken from mosquitoes in several San Fernando Valley communities, between July 3 and Aug. 16, showed the presence of the West Nile virus, vector control officials said. Those areas are Burbank, Encino, La Mirada, Montebello, Northridge, Panorama City, Porter Ranch, Sherman Oaks, Sun Valley and Van Nuys.

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