The Metro Public Health Department announced on Monday that a batch of mosquitoes recently collected in the Bordeaux area has tested positive for West Nile virus.
Pest Management staff captured the insects near the intersection of Clarksville Pike and West Hamilton. Officials said this is the first batch of mosquitoes that have tested positive for the virus this year.
No human cases have been reported.
Officials said pest management staff will visit the area where the mosquitoes were captured to placed additional traps and pass out fliers to residents on Monday.
“People are aware. They should take steps to avoid biting mosquitoes, not only in the area where we found the positives, but really in the whole general area,” Brian Todd with the Metro Public Heath Department said.
Staff also plans to inspect standing water areas and larvicide if mosquito larvae are present.
“People can help us. We want them to be out in their yards and look for anything that's holding standing water and eliminate it if you can. Because if you are doing that, mosquitoes can't drop their eggs, and then hopefully we'll have fewer mosquitoes,” Todd said.
The Health Department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes, including:
- Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.
- If you must be outdoors then 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.
Anyone seeking more information about mosquito control in Davidson County may call 615-340-5660.
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