Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus in St. Bernard

Mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile Virus in St. Bernard
Mosquitoes collected from traps in Orleans Parish tested positive for the virus. Source: Raycom

ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - St. Bernard Parish officials say mosquito control specialists found West Nile Virus in a mosquito sample pulled from the Community Park area in Arabi. No human cases of the virus have been confirmed.

The common name for the mosquito is "Southern House Mosquito." The parish's mosquito control department collected the sample and it was tested by the LSU Arbrovirus Lab.

Officials say they will monitor mosquito traps daily, increase aerial and ground spraying and plan to kill mosquito larvae in all accessible drains and ditches throughout the parish.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offered the following tips to prevent the mosquito population from growing:
•    Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or similar water-holding containers that have collected on your property.

•    Pay special attention to discarded tires. Stagnant water in tires is where many mosquitoes breed.

•    Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year, particularly if the leaves from surrounding trees have a tendency to plug up the drains. Roof gutters can produce millions of mosquitoes each season.

•    Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use. Stagnant water in a wading pool becomes a place for mosquitoes to breed.

•    Turn over wheelbarrows and don't let water stagnate in birdbaths. Both provide breeding habitats for domestic mosquitoes.

•    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 not in use. Smaller containers will produce many more mosquitoes than a pool will; therefore being diligent about the small breeding sites around your house will be more effective. mosquitoes may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.

•    Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property. mosquitoes may breed in any puddle that lasts for more than four days.

•    Please wear protective clothing and apply proper mosquito repellent when going outdoors.

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