2nd batch of mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Metro Public Health Department announced Wednesday a second batch of collected mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

The infected mosquitoes were captured in a Goodlettsville neighborhood near the intersection of Gallatin Pike and West Monticello Ave.

Health department staff will revisit the area again this week to set additional traps and monitor areas with standing water, among other precautions.

There have not been any human cases of the West Nile Virus reported.

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.

For more information, visit health.nashville.gov.

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