Sunday, October 23, 2016

West Nile virus detected in Elysian Valley

Photo by Dan Reza

The discovery of a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus in Elysian Valley last month has prompted health officials to post  warning signs  in the immediate area, including Elysian Park. A positive mosquito sample was collected in the 200o block of Duvall Street in Elysian Valley on July 26, said Truc Dever with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. Warning signs in English and Spanish have been posted within a half mile radius of the where the sample was collected, including one (pictured) across the 5 Freeway on Solano Canyon Drive.

“Signs are generally posted in public areas such as parks and recreation areas,” Truc said in an email.”Given how widespread WNV activity has been this year, we want to emphasize to all residents of LA County that disease transmission can occur anywhere.”

West Nile virus most commonly spreads to humans, birds and other animals bitten by infected mosquitoes. Residents living in or near areas where evidence of West Nile has been found are advised to take extra precautions when outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and to dump and report standing water where mosquitoes breed.

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    • My thoughts exactly (along with, gooood thing I’ve been running in Elysian Park at dusk, yikes.) It seems like there was a lot of time between the sample testing positive and the public being notified–anyone know why that might be?

  1. It’s by the river . Also was discovered by the river
    in Atwater Village. Swampy stagnant yuk.
    Riding by the river early and late in the day not a good

  2. These types of tests take time to produce results. Unlike TV shows that show results in one hour, these tests, dealing with many samples, takes anywhere from two to three weeks. I’d say the turnover in this case was pretty quick.

  3. I’m holding out for WNV’s hip cousin, East Nile Virus.

  4. Let’s remember that 80% of people infected with WNV never even show symptoms.

    • Untill the brain swells

      • Umm,no. 80% of people are asymptomatic. That means they never even know they have contracted the virus. The sensational symptoms like encephalitis and death, while tragic, occur in less than 1% of infections.

        • Yes, 1% is right. The concern is the millions of people exposed here. I’ll remind you that 1% X millions is still a lot of people…

          • There are millions of people that can get infected. Only a small percentage will actually contract WNV, of those less then 1% will have such a dire reaction. Last year 4 people died. That gives around a one in a million chance of death in a given year from WNV. For comparison the death rate for driving is about one in a thousand each year.

          • It wasn’t long ago when mosquitoes and this disease were non-existent in our communities. Now Dallas is having to do aerial spraying.

            The point is that for what ever reason (mutation or adaptation) the problem is becoming more prolific. I appreciate you playing down the numbers but be careful to not encourage complacent behavior. Precautions taken will help to slow the spreading and proliferation of the carrier and the disease.

          • Ack i mean 1 in 10,000 for automobiles.
            Need mor coffee

        • Thanks for that perspective.

  5. This is a make work program for vector control. They have to invent a “problem” every couple of years just like the TSA.

    • Okay, Maybe. But, people should at least go through their properties to insure there are no areas of standing water. Such as buckets, bird baths (that do not have an operable pump), old tires, etc.. anything that is holding exposed water is a breeding ground.

      Also, sleeping with a fan blowing on you is good protection.

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