Mosquitoes Test Positive For WNV In East Nashville

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Mosquitoes collected by the Metro Public Health Department’s Pest Management Division have tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were trapped near the intersection of Rosebank Avenue and Colbert Drive in East Nashville. This is the first time mosquitoes have tested positive in Nashville this year.

The Health Department has no plans at this time to spray the area. The Health Department’s Pest Management staff will increase surveillance in the area by placing additional mosquito traps and monitoring standing water and applying larvicide when mosquito larvae are present. Health Department staff will also be in the area to provide information to residents about precautions to take to protect against biting mosquitoes.

The most likely method of WNV transmission to humans and other animals is by biting mosquitoes that are carrying the disease. Therefore, the Health Department recommends community members take the following steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites, including:

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* Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.

* When outdoors 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.

The Health Department asks community members to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by removing standing water in your yard – especially in children’s toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trash cans, and wheelbarrows, as well as cutting back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).

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