Studio City Residents Concerned West Nile Virus Threat Still Lingers

Studio City resident Javin Reid was sick for three months after being infected with West Nile Virus. Reid was one of two residents living on Bellfield Way who tested positive for the mosquito-carried virus this summer.

"Still the rash hasn't gone away, the gland is still swollen but I'm feeling way more back to normal,” Reid said.

Now that he's feeling better, Reid and his family hoped they could put the illness behind them but what LA County Vector Control has found in these mosquito traps is not encouraging. Many of the mosquito samples taken in the county since August have tested positive, according to officials.

“The problem has not gone away,” said Tony Reid.

So far this year, 86 people in LA County have tested positive for West Nile Virus. Two of those cases were fatal, according to the county Department of Public Health. That's compared to 63 cases in 2011 and just four cases in 2010.

A stagnant pool at a foreclosed home in Studio City has been blamed for serving as a breeding ground for potentially-infected mosquitos.

The Reids say the bank which owns the home finally drained the dirty pool and forced out the squatters only after the media reported on the problem, so why has the number of West Nile infected Mosquitos increased?

Kristen Reid suspects the mosquitos’ eggs are still infected with the virus.

Mosquitos also increase breeding at the end of the season, which is approaching. The question now is whether the entire neighborhood should be sprayed with pesticide.

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