Mosquitoes In Nashville Have Just Tested Positive For The West Nile Virus

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The Metro Public Health Department said the first batch of mosquitoes has tested positive for West Nile virus.

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Pest management staff captured the infected mosquitoes near the intersection of Nolensville Road and Glenrose Avenue.

The Health Department’s Pest Management staff will revisit the areas in the coming week to set additional traps, monitor areas of standing water and will use larvicide if mosquito larvae are present.

Thankfully, human cases of West Nile have yet to be reported.

The Health Department is now recommending the following steps to protect against catching to virus from mosquitoes;

  • 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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