The Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District has issued a public health advisory for the residents of the City of Inglewood. Two chickens in the District's Cemetery Sentinel Flock located in the 90301 area of the City have tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV). Any person(s) living or walking outdoors within the 90301 area of the City at dawn or dusk are urged to take appropriate measures to protect themselves from being bitten by infected mosquitoes. WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes become infected when they first feed on birds that carry the virus, and then bite a human or animal.
Residents can protect themselves from WNV by doing the following:
- DEET - Apply insect repellent according to the label. Repellents containing DEET, picaradin, IR3535, and oil of lemon eucalyptus are the longest lasting and most effective. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.
- DAWN AND DUSK - Mosquitoes that carry WNV primarily bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear repellent at this time. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
- DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. Ensure that swimming pools, spas, and ponds are properly maintained. If you have an ornamental pond, use mosquito fish. You can make arrangements to pick up free mosquito fish at the District by calling 310-915-7370.
Mayor James T. Butts stated "I want all Inglewood residents to become educated and take precautions to protect themselves from this potentially life threatening virus. As such, the City is pleased to be working with the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District to eradicate the virus in our community." The public is encouraged to report dead birds to help with West Nile virus surveillance and control efforts. Dead birds should be reported to the toll-free hotline at 877-WNV BIRD.
For symptoms caused by West Nile Virus/Fever/Disease or additional information about the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District and West Nile virus information can be obtained by visiting their website at: www.lawestvector.org.
The complete health advisory issued by the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District can also be found on the City's website at www.cityofinglewood.org.