2 batches of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

2 batches of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus (Image 1)
2 batches of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus (Image 1)

The Metro Public Health Department announced Tuesday two batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The mosquitoes were collected in two separate locations including near the intersection of Franklin Pike and Wedgewood Avenue and the intersection near Blakemore and 21st avenues.

This is the first time this year mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile in Davidson County.

No human cases have been reported.

The Health Department will alert residents of the recent test results. Currently there are no plans to spray in either of the areas.

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 website and Facebook page.

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