3 batches of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Nashville

3 batches of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Nashville (Image 1)

The Metro Public Health Department announced on Monday that three additional batches of collected mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Officials said one batch of mosquitoes was captured in an east Nashville neighborhood near the East Trinity Lane and Gallatin Pike intersection.

A second batch of infected mosquitoes was collected near the intersection of D.B. Todd Boulevard and Buchanan Street in north Nashville.

A final batch was collected in a Donelson neighborhood near the Lebanon Pike and Fairway Drive intersection. This is the second time this year mosquitoes have tested positive for the virus in the Donelson area.

Since May 1, there have been a total of nine batches of mosquitoes that have tested positive in Davidson County.  No human cases have been reported.

The Health Department's Pest Management staff will visit the areas this week to place additional mosquito traps and pass out fliers.

Staff will also inspect standing water areas and apply larvicide if mosquito larvae are present.

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.

Additional information is also available at the Health Department's Web site and Facebook page.

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