by Winston Chua
The Greater L.A. County Vector Control District has confirmed that Lacy Park mosquitos have tested positive for the West Nile virus.
Kelly Middleton, VCD director of community affairs, said that, “If you’re spending a lot of time in the area, wear repellants. The mosquito numbers are not high and there’s not a high risk of disease.”
Middleton explained that if you’re bitten you have a 20% chance of getting sick. The majority of people’s immune systems will successfully fight off the infection. If you are in that 20%, symptoms should start expressing themselves within two weeks.
Symptoms might include headaches, fever, flu-like effects, achy bodies and sometimes a rash. In the vast majority of cases involving mosquitos, humans have been and will continue to be OK.
In less than 1 percent of the cases the illness can affect the brain and nervous system and cause paralysis. Middleton added that paralysis is more common in people over 50 who have underlying conditions or who are taking medicines that compromise their immune system.
Lacy Park does not have a lot of standing water sources where mosquitos breed in and therefore does not have a lot of potential reproducing places for mosquitos.
The presence of West Nile virus is more common than many might think. It is found in a majority of cities every year. Sometimes it is in higher abundance than in other years.
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