A chicken in El Segundo tested positive for West Nile virus Tuesday, prompting a public health warning, authorities said today.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, which carries the virus in its salivary glands and may transfer it during "blood feeding," according to the Los Angeles County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on birds that carry the virus.
The disease is endemic throughout Los Angeles County. Positive tests for the virus have been recorded in 82 of the 361 ZIP codes in L. A. County.
To report a dead bird, call 877-747-2243 to reach the L.A. County Public Health department.
To report a dead bird or dead squirrel, you can also call the L.A. County West Vector & Vector-Borne Disease Control District at 877-WNV BIRD (877-968-2473) .
City News Service contributed to this report.