West Nile virus detected in Orleans Parish mosquitoes

West Nile virus detected in Orleans Parish mosquitoes
West Nile is transmitted by the Southern house mosquito.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Just in time for the weekend, the New Orleans Mosquito, Termite and Rodent Control Board (NOMTCB) said it has detected West Nile virus in mosquitoes from Orleans Parish.

No human cases of the virus have been reported.

While the majority of people infected with WNV have no symptoms, the virus can cause serious symptoms in some people, especially those over 65 and those who are immunocompromised. Symptoms of severe illness include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

The parish urges residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved repellents and reducing the number of mosquitoes by emptying water-filled containers.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents such as applying insecticides by truck (as weather permits) and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing.

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