St. John cautions residents about heightened West Nile risk

St. John cautions residents about heightened West Nile risk

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Positive cases of the West Nile Virus have been detected in St. John the Baptist Parish, specifically in the Main St. area of LaPlace and in Edgard.

Mosquito control personnel are being assigned to inspect the area to find the breeding sites. Once the breeding sites are located, St. John Mosquito control will address them as necessary.

Residents and the immediate area within a one to five city block radius of the sampling site will receive information about heightened encephalitis risk and recommendations for personal protection and yard sanitation. Additional spraying will take place during the evening hours on Aug. 28, 29 and 30.

August and September are peak times for mosquitoes.

Below are safety tips:

Protecting People

If outside, wear a mosquito repellent containing DEET. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) does not recommend use of repellents with more than 30 percent DEET for children. Insect repellents are not recommended for children younger than 2 months of age. CDC recommends following the recommendations appearing on the product label when using repellent.

Apply repellent on exposed skin and clothing - do not apply under clothes or on broken skin

To apply repellent to face, spray on hands and rub on face, avoiding eyes

Adults should always apply repellent to children

Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors for long periods of time

Avoid perfumes and colognes when outdoors for extended periods of time

Protecting Your Home

Make sure all windows and doors are tight-fitting and screens are free of holes

Eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed

Dispose of tin cans, ceramic pots and other unnecessary containers

Turn over wheelbarrows, plastic wading pools, buckets, trash cans, children's toys or anything that could collect water

Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers

Check and clean roof gutters routinely, as they can produce millions of mosquitoes each season

Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish; water gardens can become major mosquito producers if they are allowed to stagnate

Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used 

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