If you see a dead crow, other dead bird or squirrel, do not touch it and report it to the West Nile Virus Hot Line at (877) WNV-BIRD or (877) 968-2473. Crows and other corvids are most susceptible to the virus, and the L.A. County Health Department tries to examine them within 24 hours. Mosquitoes are infected with the virus by feeding on birds and animals that carry it.
Several residents have spotted dead crows in the Riviera during the last month, but failed to report them. If you see one, please call the Hot Line. It will help the Health Department locate the areas most at risk. Stagnant pools can be reported to (626) 430-5200.
Two deaths have now occurred in L.A. County this year. Both persons were in their 80’s. People older than 50 and those with weakened immune systems are most at risk for developing severe symptoms. However, symptoms such as fatigue, malaise and depression can last for months or years, and some people may never fully recover.
More information about West Nile Virus can be found online at http://westnile.ca.gov.