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West Nile risk high in La Habra

By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal

The third mosquito that tested positive for West Nile Virus was discovered in La Habra last week
Orange County Vector Control noted the mosquitoes were collected from La Bonita Park.
The previous mosquitoes were discovered last month in the same park.
Vector Control routinely monitors populations of adult mosquitoes and test groups of adult female mosquitoes for the presence of WNV and other mosquito-borne viruses.
The San Gabriel Valley Vector Control urges La Habra Heights residents to do the same. While none have been discovered in the Heights, there is still a need for precaution, said Jason Farned, Public Information Officer for the SGV Vector Control.
WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes are WNV carriers (“vectors”) that become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.
Approximately 80 percent of people who are infected with WNV will not show any symptoms.
Up to 20 percent of the people who become infected will display symptoms which can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash on the chest, stomach and back. Symptoms generally last for just a few days.
Less than one percent of individuals infected with WNV will develop severe illness or possibly death.
A person can reduce their risk of WNV infection by:

  • Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Use repellent containing the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.
  • Dump or drain standing water
  • Repair broken or torn screens on windows and doors.

For more information and updates contact: www.ocvector.org

Started in 1995, the La Habra Journal is an independent community news source serving the cities of La Habra and La Habra Heights.