Two human West Nile virus cases found in Valley

From the Antelope Valley Press
September 16, 2020

LANCASTER — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) has identified the first two cases of human West Nile virus (WNV) infections in the Antelope Valley for the 2020 season.

“Although the Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District identifies the presence of West Nile virus every year is some form, this is the time of year when potential human transmission is at the peak”, District Entomologist Karen Mellor said.

West Nile virus continues to be a serious health threat to residents in the Antelope Valley. Residents are encouraged to get rid of items that can hold water and breed mosquitoes inside and outside the home.

The act of eliminating breeding sources around the home is important now more than ever as residents spend a majority of their time at home. We are currently in peak mosquito season in Los Angeles County and residents are also urged to protect themselves from mosquito-borne illnesses by using EPA-registered mosquito repellent products.

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