|As of Thursday,# of confirmed West Nile cases in Cerritos was up to 12.|
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By Randy Economy
Los Cerritos Community News
FRIDAY, JULY 22
FRIDAY, JULY 22
The number of dead birds confirmed to have the deadly West Nile Virus in Cerritos has now risen to 12 with another possible 10 more birds that could be added to the list according to experts from the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District.
At a town hall meeting held at the Skyline Room at the Cerritos Library on Thursday night and attended by less than 20 local residents, authorities from GLACVCD said that the number of dead birds with WNV has actually doubled in the past two weeks alone. Even more alarming, Cerritos now accounts for nearly 60% of all confirmed cases in all of Los Angeles County.
As of Thursday, Vector Control officials said that 21 dead birds have been found throughout Los Angeles County who died from the killer virus, and of those 12 were found in Cerritos, or roughly 60% of all cases to date.
Vector Control officials also reported that 36 mosquitoes have been found in traps throughout LA County, as of Thursday and of those five were found in Cerritos.
Councilman Mark Pulido, and around 20 other local community members attended the briefing on Thursday night. Pulido was also commenting that he has personally seen "thousands" of black crows that have been flocking in clusters near Kennedy Elementary School here in the ABC Unified School District that is literally on the boarder between Cerritos and neighboring Artesia.
Crystal Brown, an official with Vector Control, said that their is "cause for concern" since so many cases are "clustered" in Cerritos. "This is very alarming, and concerning, and now is the time for everyone to get educated and to take precaution," she said.
Longtime Cerritos resident Don Faisy, a teacher in the ABC Unified School District said the he found at least three dead black crows in his back yard over the "past few days alone." Faisy said the only way he learned about the outbreak was from a recent series of articles in the Los Cerritos Community News. "If it wasn't for the LCCN reporting on this, I am afraid no one would get this information," Faisy said.
The newest locations where the dead birds with the West Nile Virus found in Cerritos during the past few days were found at the 16000 block of Winward, 12000 block of Edgefield, 13000 block of Park, and the 17000 block of Stark.
Officials said that they are working to get an "interactive map" to be placed on line that will that will provide "real time" confirmed case data, and where it is located.