West Nile Virus detection continues in Orleans Parish mosquitoes

Don Ames
July 20, 2018 - 1:33 pm
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The New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) says it continues to detect West Nile Virus (WNV) in mosquitoes from Orleans Parish.

Mosquitoes with the virus have been found on North Broad Street, Downman Road, Elysian Fields Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Mirabeau Avenue and Paris Avenue. At this time, no human cases of WNV have been reported in Orleans Parish.

The NOMTCB urges residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, using EPA-approved repellents and reducing the number of mosquitoes by emptying water-filled containers.

The Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue to take proactive measures to protect residents including applying insecticides by truck (as weather permits) and applying larvicide to prevent mosquitoes from developing. 

The mosquitoes that can spread WNV can grow to adults in as few as 7 days. This makes it important for residents to evaluate yards on a weekly basis and eliminate standing water. 

Residents are urged to remove trash and clutter, including discarded waste tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water. Empty containers and change water weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths, pet dishes and wading pools. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating.

Report mosquito issues to 311 or [email protected].

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