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A field sample of mosquitoes that could carry West Nile Virus.
While you’re out enjoying the 4th of July, you might want to take precautions against mosquitoes. San Gabriel Valley officials have confirmed the re-emergence of West Nile Virus.
A dead crow in Covina tested positive for the virus last Thursday. It was the first infected bird confirmed this year in the area. Mosquitoes transmit the virus. Ken Fujioka, Assistant Manager with the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, recommended using precautions while enjoying the 4th of July.
"Wear loose fitting clothes that protect your skin if you’re not going to wear repellant, especially if you’re going to be out watching fireworks during sunset."
West Nile Virus can be fatal. Fujioka said most people bitten by infected mosquitoes never develop symptoms. A small percentage develop a mild form of the disease with flu-like symptoms. Even fewer develop the more dangerous West Nile Encephalitis.