LANCASTER – Three chickens from a coop in West Palmdale have tested positive for West Nile Virus, bringing the 2016 total to four WNV positive chickens in the Antelope Valley, officials announced Monday. The latest positive chickens came from a coop near 50th Street West and Avenue N, according to the Antelope Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District. [View a map here.]
“Just because the positives have been detected in a certain area does not mean that it’s the only place that has West Nile Virus infected mosquitoes,” said District Manager Cei Kratz. “People all over the AV should protect themselves from mosquito bites and make sure to get rid of standing water.”
District officials urge residents to follow these tips to avoid getting mosquito bites and West Nile Virus infection:
- Check your property for any standing water from sprinklers or thunder showers, and dump or drain all standing water. Keep swimming pools maintained or completely dry.
- Dress in light-colored long-sleeved clothes during mosquito activity. Mosquitoes are most active at dusk and dawn.
- Defend against mosquitoes by use repellents (i.e., DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535).
- Keep screen doors and windows in good repair and close them.
- Turn on fans to keep mosquitoes away.
- Don’t use bug zappers near your patio – they attract more mosquitoes than they kill.
The California Department of Public Health, as of July 8, reported West Nile Virus activity from 31 counties in 435 dead birds, 607 mosquito samples, and 12 sentinel chickens.
To stay up-to-date on West Nile Virus activity and mosquito-related information in the Antelope Valley, visit www.avmosquito.org.
For more information, contact the Antelope Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District at 661-942-2917.
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