Montebello Joins List of Cities Where West Nile Virus Found

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 The City of Montebello is one of 13 areas where public health officials last week confirmed the West Nile Virus to be present.

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) confirmed the positive mosquito samples just a couple of days before the start of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, which runs through June 29. So far, the district has confirmed a total of 26 WNV-positive mosquito samples for 2013, with the biggest jump coming just last week.

The West Nile virus, which can cause fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash, is transmitted to people and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. While only one in five persons with West Nile will exhibit symptoms, in rare cases, one out of 150 people infected will need to be hospitalized, say health officials. Severe symptoms include high fever, muscle weakness, neck stiffness, coma, paralysis, and possibly death.

There is no cure for West Nile virus.

“The widespread increase in West Nile virus activity this week is a reminder that the summer mosquito breeding season is here and residents need to take measures to protect against mosquito bites and disease transmission,” said Truc Dever, Director of Community Affairs for GLACVCD.

He said National Mosquito Control Awareness Week is an opportunity for the “district to emphasize the importance of mosquito control and disease prevention.” Read more here.