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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in 2 Nashville Neighborhoods

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Metro Public Health Department officials announced Monday two batches of mosquitoes collected by the Department's Pest Management Division have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Pest Management staff captured the mosquitoes at two locations. The first location is near the intersection of Franklin Pike and Wedgewood Avenue. The second location is near the intersection of Blakemore Avenue and 21st Avenue.

This is the first time this year mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus in Davidson County. There have been no human cases reported.

The Health Department's Pest Management staff said it would pass out "Fight the Bite" fliers. Staff will also continue to monitor standing water areas and apply larvicide if mosquito larvae are present. There are no plans to spray in either area.

The Health Department began trapping mosquitoes the first week in May and sending them to be tested at the Tennessee Department of Health's lab.

The Health Department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes, including:

  • * Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.
  • * If you must be outdoors then wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC - those include products that contain DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • * Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Pant legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.
  • * Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair

Health Department officials recommend taking steps to reduce mosquito breeding areas. This includes:

  • * Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard - especially in children's toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans, and wheelbarrows.
  • * Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with Gambusia fish.
  • * Apply mosquito dunks in standing water areas on your property.
  • * Cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).

Health Department staff traps mosquitoes in all parts of Davidson County and conducts surveillance of standing water. Pest management staff applies larvicide when mosquito larvae are present. Health officials say there are no plans to spray to kill adult mosquitoes.

Anyone seeking more information about mosquito control in Davidson County may call 340-5660. Information is also available at the Health Department's website www.health.nashville.gov and our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MPHDNashville


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