West Nile Virus Advisory Issued in Santa Monica

Los Angeles officials have issued a public health advisory after two dead birds found in Santa Monica tested positive for West Nile Virus. The advisory has been issued to all residents of the city, including residents who live in NMS-owned properties such as [email protected], Olympic Studios, [email protected] and elsewhere.

WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the advisory. Mosquitos become infected when they feed on birds that have the disease and sometimes subsequently bite humans or animals.

The advisory lists a series of precautions that residents can take to protect themselves from WNV:

– Use insect repellant to stave off mosquitos, especially in the early morning and evening, when mosquitos carrying WNV are most apt to bite.
– Make sure the doors and windows in your apartment have tight-fitting screens, to prevent mosquitos from entering your home.
– Get rid of any sources of standing water, in which mosquitos can lay eggs.

WNV symptoms include headaches, high fever, tiredness, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

For more information about the WNV advisory issued in Santa Monica, go here.