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Mosquitoes, bird test positive for West Nile virus in L.A. County

September 14, 2011 | 11:37 am

West Nile virus
Eleven mosquito samples in Burbank have tested positive for the West Nile virus, and an infected dead bird was found in Glendale, prompting local officials to renew calls for eliminating standing pools of water where the insects prefer to breed.

"It's been such an epidemic year," Truc Dever, a spokeswoman for the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, told the Glendale News-Press.

The infected house sparrow was found dead in the 1000 block of Willard Avenue in Glendale. The 11 mosquito samples that tested positive for the virus in Burbank were from sites scattered across the city.

Burbank officials advised residents to eliminate standing water on their properties, city spokesman Keith Sterling said.

The California Department of Public Health confirmed at least 33 people had contracted the West Nile virus this year. Of those, 10 live in Los Angeles County.


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Photo: A West Nile virus warning notice. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times