West Nile Virus in Encino and Sepulveda Basin!

Posted on 07/22/2022

West Nile Virus Detection:

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) has confirmed the first mosquito sample to test positive for West Nile virus (WNV) in the community of Encino this year. The mosquitoes were collected in traps in the community on July 14th. District staff will place posters around the trap locations to advise residents to use precautions when mosquitoes are present. Attached is also a press release that the District will send out on Monday, July 25th to the media. For the updated numbers, please visit: https://www.glamosquito.org/west-nile-virus-activity-2022


WNV is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no cure for WNV. One in five persons infected with the virus will exhibit symptoms.  Symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash. There is no human vaccine for WNV, and severe cases can lead to paralysis or even death.


Resources for Your City:

The City/Agency Resource page on our website may be helpful for you and your residents:  https://www.glamosquito.org/city-and-agency-resources


Please share the information from our social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram on your  accounts; request a blurb for your newsletters or eAlerts from us; or schedule a virtual webinar for your community event. We also have PSAs that you can post on your website, social media pages, or as preview at Drive-in Movie events. Attached are the photos we’ve posted on social media (English and Spanish).


We can also drop off educational materials for your residents or provide a neighborhood council presentation on this year's activity (virtual or in-person available). 


Mosquito Prevention and Protection

Mosquito control is a shared responsibility and residents must take an active role in reducing the threat of WNV in their neighborhoods by taking the following steps:

  • Eliminate standing water in clogged rain gutters, rain barrels, discarded tires, buckets, watering troughs or anything that holds water for more than a week.
  • Ensure that swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained.
  • Change the water in pet dishes, birdbaths and other small containers weekly.
  • Request mosquitofish from your local vector control district for placement in ornamental ponds.
  • Wear insect repellent when outdoors where mosquitoes may be present.
  • Report neglected (green) swimming pools in your neighborhood to your vector control district.

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