West Nile Kills LA County Resident as Reports of Virus Activity Spike

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West Nile Kills LA County Resident as Reports of Virus Activity Spike


Baer, Stephanie K., Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


FILE PHOTO. A Culex Pipiens mosquito, magnified under a hand lens, is one of two local mosquitos that are vectors for the West Nile Virus. (Marin Independent Journal/ Jeff Vendsel)

CONFIRMED WEST NILE VIRUS CASES

As of Aug. 25, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health documented 38 human cases of West Nile Virus and the Long Beach Department of Public Health confirmed reports of three cases of the disease in humans. Below is a list of cities and communities where people with West Nile live:

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Alhambra

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Arcadia

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Azusa

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Baldwin Park

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Bellflower

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Burbank

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Carson

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Claremont

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Covina

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Glendale

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Granada Hills

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La Puente

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Lancaster

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Long Beach

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Los Angeles

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Montebello

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North Hollywood

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Palmdale

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Pasadena

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Pomona

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Reseda

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Rosemead

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San Dimas San Gabriel

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Santa Clarita

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Torrance

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Valley Village

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Whittier

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Woodland Hills

Source: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services

California Department of Public Health confirmed a Los Angeles County resident from the San Fernando Valley was among the first three human deaths from West Nile virus.

Two residents, one in San Bernardino County and another in Kern County, have also died, according to the state.

People living in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Long Beach, Whittier and more than a dozen other cities have been diagnosed with the virus, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

Pasadena resident TJ Mastros is one of them.

TJ Mastros believes it was in his backyard where the mosquito that robbed him of more than a decade of progress on his health took its fateful bite.

"I do a lot of yard work, and maybe I just stood there and let this guy suck my blood," said Mastros, 75, who was diagnosed with West Nile Virus in August.

Mastros is one of more than 45 people who have contracted West Nile across Los Angeles County, where vector control and health officials are reporting an increase in mosquitoes and West Nile activity.

So far this year, the number of human cases of the virus is "slightly" above average for the county, according to Benjamin Schwartz, deputy director of the county health department's Acute Communicable Disease Control Program. …

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