City health officials keep watch for West Nile Virus
By André Coleman 08/29/2012
Although there have been no reported cases of West Nile Virus in Pasadena, there have been six reports of the sometimes fatal disease in Los Angeles County, and 31 reports of infection around the state.
In all, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports 41 people across the country have died from the disease, while 1,118 cases have been reported in 31 states.
In Pasadena, public health officials are in search of potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, a main carrier of the virus.
Symptoms, which can last several weeks, include headaches, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph glands. The illness can last for several weeks. More severe symptoms include stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness and paralysis, according to the CDC.
“To help control the local presence of mosquitoes, Health Department staff [members] travel throughout Pasadena at least once a week to treat gutters, puddles, pools and other free-standing sources of water that serve as prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. More than 250 swimming pools have been inspected this year,” Pasadena Public Information Officer William Boyer said in a prepared statement.
The Pasadena Public Health Department is working closely with state and county health officials to monitor the situation. The department is also monitoring local mosquito and vector control efforts as a way to help reduce the risk of the disease. The Pasadena Police Department aerial unit is on the look out for swimming pools with stagnant water and other water sources where mosquitoes might breed.
For more information, call (626) 744-6004.