West Nile Virus (WNV) is on the rise, climate change blowing at its back as mosquito-carrying virus peddlers grow exponentially in our neighborhoods. Los Angeles County had the most new reported human cases of the disease this week--13--out of the 17 human cases in California. Los Angeles is second to Sacramento, which leads in WNV overall cases. There have been 3,146 human cases and 110 deaths in California since 2003.
To help prevent spread of the disease we're supposed to clean up (or report to Vector Control) stagnant water. Wear bug spray or bug-resistent clothing around dusk and dawn when mosquitos are more plentiful, and report dead squirrels and birds to Vector Control, for they are often the first sign of a WNV problem. 1-877-968-2473.