(June 23, 2004) -- LBReport.com has learned that LB Unified School District administrators have been informed of standard West Nile Virus prevention tips...and told that they may share the information with parents and staff.
An advisory sent to LBUSD principals today notes that mosquitoes that bite infected birds can transmit the virus to humans and animals and [as previously reported by LBReport.com] West Nile virus signs have been posted [by the Greater L.A. County Vector Control District] at the Lakewood Golf Course and Bolivar Park in Lakewood.
The advisory indicates that most people with West Nile virus experience no symptoms while almost 20% become ill, experiencing flu-like symptoms, fever, headache, nausea, skin rash or swollen lymph nodes. Symptoms can last up to three weeks and, in a few cases, may lead to neurological damage. It is estimated that 1 in 150 people who are infected will require hospitalization.
The LBUSD advisory cites measures repeatedly recommended for the public:
- 1. If you see a dead bird, especially a crow, call the West Nile virus hotline at (877) 968-2473.
- 2. If you see standing water that would be a breeding place for mosquitoes, eliminate it. If it needs to be sprayed for mosquitoes, call the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control at (562) 944-9656 or LB Dept. of Health and Human Services.
- 3. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn or dusk. Wear loose light-colored, long-sleeved shirts and pants outdoors.
- 4. Use mosquito repellent containing DEET.
- 5. Keep screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.
The information provided to LBUSD administrators and principals is consistent with -- and helps amplify -- West Nile Virus information being disseminated by other government bodies. The advisory tells LBUSD principals and administrators that the information may be shared with parents and staff.
Further to follow as newsworthy.
Recent LBReport.com coverage:
West Nile Virus Warning Signs Posted @ Lakewood Golf Course & Bolivar Park in Lakewood
Ground Zero For West Nile Virus: See Maps Showing WNV Totals & Recent WNV-Infected Dead Birds
It's Here: Dead Crow w/ West Nile Virus ID'd in LB; Residents Again Urged to Take Precautions
ELB Email to LBReport.com Cites Add'l Standing Water
More WNV Infected Crows in Cerritos...And First CA 04 Human Case in San B'dino County
West Nile Virus Expert Says We're In Midst Of Largest Mosquito-Borne Virus Outbreak in North American History & Biggest West Nile Virus Outbreak Ever Documented in the World
Editorial: Biting Back: Our Suggestions Re WNV in LB