STUDIO CITY (CBSLA.com) — Two possible West Nile virus cases have been reported in Studio City.
A woman, who has reportedly been infected by the disease, along with a 17-year-old boy, are blaming a nearby abandoned pool.
Truc Dever, Director of Community Affairs at the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District, told KNX 1070 the two recent cases have yet to be confirmed.
“At this time we haven’t gotten any confirmation of additional West Nile virus cases. Although, I can tell you, in Los Angeles County, we have confirmed four West Nile virus cases so far this year,” said Dever.
There have been 26 reported cases of the virus total this year.
“West Nile virus is a reportable disease in California, so any suspected cases would have to go through a number of tests and then those cases would be referred up to the California Department of Public Health as well as Los Angeles County of Public Health to review,” Dever said.
The Studio City woman says she and her neighbors have been complaining to health officials about the abandoned pool for months.
“I can tell you this particular property in question, we have been treating the pool since May. So as long as we know about the pool, it is not a breeding hazard,” Dever said.
Dever encourages residents who live in an area with a vacant property to contact the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District so they can begin treating the pool.
An 88-year-old Kern County woman was the first reported West Nile-related death in California this year.