The discovery of a mosquito carrying the West Nile virus in Elysian Valley last month has prompted health officials to post warning signs in the immediate area, including Elysian Park. A positive mosquito sample was collected in the 200o block of Duvall Street in Elysian Valley on July 26, said Truc Dever with the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District. Warning signs in English and Spanish have been posted within a half mile radius of the where the sample was collected, including one (pictured) across the 5 Freeway on Solano Canyon Drive.
“Signs are generally posted in public areas such as parks and recreation areas,” Truc said in an email.”Given how widespread WNV activity has been this year, we want to emphasize to all residents of LA County that disease transmission can occur anywhere.”
West Nile virus most commonly spreads to humans, birds and other animals bitten by infected mosquitoes. Residents living in or near areas where evidence of West Nile has been found are advised to take extra precautions when outdoors at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active, and to dump and report standing water where mosquitoes breed.