California Woman Says Fetid Pool in Foreclosed Home Gave Her West Nile Virus

Studio City woman says fetid pool in foreclosed home gave her West Nile virus

STUDIO CITY — Debbie Davis first noticed the algae-green pool behind the foreclosed house next door last spring and knew it could spawn West Nile virus.

So for months the Studio City resident called code enforcement, public health and bank officials hoping to clean up the stagnant threat.

Instead, alleged squatters moved in. The swimming pool stayed dirty. And the Red Cross called last week to inform her the blood she had tried to donate was indeed contaminated — with the deadly West Nile virus.

“There it is, a sludge pit,” said Davis, peering over the fence at the pool-turned-pond in the 3600 block of Bellfield Way. “And the likely cause of my virus.

“The problem is, I’ve reported the pool to everybody.

They’re completely unresponsive.”

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4 Responses to “California Woman Says Fetid Pool in Foreclosed Home Gave Her West Nile Virus”
  1. see says:

    We all have to remember that the banks don’t care about the house, yard, pool, neighbors’s safety. All they want is the deed and the hell with everything else.

  2. Nancy says:

    The responsibility of making that pool safe falls on the foreclosing bank and perhaps even the court for not ordering this to be done when the court approved the foreclosure!

  3. Bobbi Swann says:

    This is ridiculous. If the neighbors were THAT concerned and the city was not doing anything about it, why could they not just hook up a pump with a hose and drain the dang thing? Or better yet, add liquid chlorine which costs about $4 at the local Pinch-A-Penny or Leslie’s Pool Supply or any pool supply store for that fact. Meanwhile they could still pursue the legal aspect but they ALL had an opportunity to do SOMETHING to defray the offset of breeding the mosquitoes. If that was my neighbor and my health was going to be in jeopardy, you’d better be d*d sure I’d be draining that sucker.

    • Hammertime says:

      So…no big deal if banks or govt doesn’t respond? The “wrong” person steps into that yard and they might get shot by security! I volunteer you to get swarmed.

      Banks are supposed to register their properties and be fined if they don’t. Yet the city claims it doesn’t have the manpower.

      They depended on MERS “advanced” database capabilities and found it didn’t quite work out! Kind of like the millions of robosigned documents but what do we know!

      First, how much “manpower” does it take to build a functional database? Second, if you collect fines and you don’t have manpower because all you know to do is to lay off workers then maybe you can pay local businesses to do the work. Jobs, bettter economy ding! ding! ding!

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