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July 11, 1985
Assemblyman Dave Elder (D-Long Beach) is to be commended for introducing Assembly Bill 2537, which would provide emergency funding for the fight against mosquito-borne encephalitis. It is my understanding that AB 2537 is currently awaiting action in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Elder should be supported with his efforts toward encephalitis prevention and control in Southern California. According to a report submitted to the Board of Supervisors by Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer James C. Hankla, only one case of mosquito-borne encephalitis was reported in Los Angeles prior to 1983.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The discovery of the St. Louis encephalitis virus during routine testing of small birds in Orange County has stirred concern that mosquitoes may transmit the potentially deadly virus to people. The virus has been detected this summer in the blood of finches and sparrows kept in five of nine surveillance traps. Two chickens in the San Gabriel Valley also have tested positive for the virus. While experts emphasize that no human cases of St.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1989
Los Angeles County health officials said Wednesday that last month's hospitalization of a Lancaster-area man with St. Louis encephalitis was the first confirmed human case of the illness in the county in three years. The 65-year-old man has since been released from a hospital, said Toby Staheli, spokeswoman for the county Department of Health Services. Officials also reported Wednesday that mosquitoes carrying the disease have been caught in traps in the City of Industry and Whittier.
NEWS
December 18, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They cluck, lay eggs and scratch for worms just like any other birds. But the 30 chickens kept by Ventura County environmental health workers are not your everyday brand of fowl. They're part of a "sentinel flock," a feathered force whose mission is to let county environmental health officials know when the mosquito-borne St. Louis encephalitis virus infects local birds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A potentially fatal virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes has been detected in Ventura County for the first time, prompting a public health warning Friday to avoid mosquito-infested areas. Officials at a state lab in Berkeley confirmed the presence of St. Louis encephalitis virus in a flock of "sentinel" chickens kept near a sewage treatment plant in Thousand Oaks, said Bob Gallagher, manager of the county environmental health division's encephalitis virus program.
NEWS
December 18, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They cluck, lay eggs and scratch for worms just like any other birds. But the 30 chickens kept by Ventura County environmental health workers are not your everyday brand of fowl. They're part of a "sentinel flock," a feathered force whose mission is to let county environmental health officials know when the mosquito-borne St. Louis encephalitis virus infects local birds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1996 | DEBORAH SCHOCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The discovery of the St. Louis encephalitis virus during routine testing of small birds in Orange County has stirred concern that mosquitoes may transmit the potentially deadly virus to people. The virus has been detected this summer in the blood of finches and sparrows kept in five of nine surveillance traps. Two chickens in the San Gabriel Valley also have tested positive for the virus. While experts emphasize that no human cases of St.
NEWS
August 1, 1985
A strain of encephalitis believed to have caused at least one death in Los Angeles County last year has been found in mosquitoes at Sepulveda Dam near Encino, county health officials said. The mosquitoes, which bear St. Louis encephalitis, were collected from the dam area July 16 as part of the county's mosquito abatement program, Dr. Shirley Fannin of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services said. No human cases of St.
NEWS
September 5, 1999 | Reuters
An outbreak of mosquito-borne encephalitis has hit New York City, claiming at least one life and making more than 30 others sick, health officials said Saturday. Workers were spraying insecticide in the city's Bronx and Queens boroughs where the cases of St. Louis encephalitis have been found. The outbreak marks the first time the deadly viral disease has appeared in the city, Associate Health Commissioner Sandra Mullin said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1989
A Lancaster man contracted the first confirmed case of St. Louis encephalitis in Los Angeles County since 1986, county health officials said Wednesday. The 65-year-old man, who was not identified, was hospitalized in August but has been released. He told county Department of Health Services officials that he had not traveled beyond his immediate neighborhood before he was infected. St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 1992 | PSYCHE PASCUAL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A potentially fatal virus that is transmitted by mosquitoes has been detected in Ventura County for the first time, prompting a public health warning Friday to avoid mosquito-infested areas. Officials at a state lab in Berkeley confirmed the presence of St. Louis encephalitis virus in a flock of "sentinel" chickens kept near a sewage treatment plant in Thousand Oaks, said Bob Gallagher, manager of the county environmental health division's encephalitis virus program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1989
Los Angeles County health officials said Wednesday that last month's hospitalization of a Lancaster-area man with St. Louis encephalitis was the first confirmed human case of the illness in the county in three years. The 65-year-old man has since been released from a hospital, said Toby Staheli, spokeswoman for the county Department of Health Services. Officials also reported Wednesday that mosquitoes carrying the disease have been caught in traps in the City of Industry and Whittier.
NEWS
July 11, 1985
Assemblyman Dave Elder (D-Long Beach) is to be commended for introducing Assembly Bill 2537, which would provide emergency funding for the fight against mosquito-borne encephalitis. It is my understanding that AB 2537 is currently awaiting action in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. Elder should be supported with his efforts toward encephalitis prevention and control in Southern California. According to a report submitted to the Board of Supervisors by Los Angeles County Chief Administrative Officer James C. Hankla, only one case of mosquito-borne encephalitis was reported in Los Angeles prior to 1983.
NATIONAL
August 11, 2002 | From Associated Press
In 1975, an outbreak of the mosquito-borne St. Louis encephalitis spread through 29 states, killing 95 people and infecting about 3,000 others. The following year, infection rates were down, and they have stayed down. Health officials expect a similar trend in the country's second major outbreak of West Nile virus, a mosquito-borne disease that appeared in 1999 and has killed seven people and infected more than 130 this year. The first notable outbreak of St. Louis encephalitis occurred in 1974.
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