Mosquitoes test positive for encephalitis in Thibodaux

Updated: Jul. 31, 2018 at 8:43 AM CDT
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THIBODAUX, LA (WVUE) - Mosquitoes carrying encephalitis were found in Thibodaux, according to the city's Facebook page.

The Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed a mosquito sample tested positive for St. Louis Encephalitis

According to the Center for Disease Control, Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Most people infected with SLEV have no apparent illness Initial symptoms of those who become ill include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and tiredness. In rare, severe cases, long-term disability or death can result, according to the CDC.

Residents in the are will be made aware that there is a heightened potential for encephalitis infection in their neighborhood and that personal protection and yard sanitation is recommended, according to the report.

Informative literature will be distributed within a one to five city block radius from where the sample was taken.

During the evening hours, trucks will spray for abatement.

Spraying will be conducted on the evenings of July 27th, 28th, and 29th, weather permitting, according to the report.

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