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After the Rains, County Health Officials are Warning of Mosquitos and West Nile Virus

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So it's apparently "West Nile Virus and Mosquito and Vector Control Awareness Week" (are you excited yet?). Whether the mosquito-carried virus worries you or not, public health officials across California are gearing up for a busier than normal season of mosquitos because of this year's higher rate of rainfall.

"Stagnant water accumulating in ditches, drains, gutters, and backyard containers and pools is ideal for mosquito breeding," states a County of Los Angeles news release, which. "That is why the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) and the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District (GLACVCD) are encouraging residents this mosquito season to take the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses seriously and be extra vigilant in preventing mosquito bites."

112 cases of West Nile Virus was reported last year statewide. Four of the infected died. Many who get the virus never develop symptoms, which can include fever, headache, rash, muscle weakness, and nausea and vomiting," according to the LA County Public Health. "A smaller proportion may develop neurological symptoms such as limb paralysis, tremors, and altered mental status."

To help residents identify mosquitos better, the county this week shared information how to identify them and other local insects (they don't carry West Nile or diseases) most commonly mistaken as them (see above photos/info sheets).