Anti-West Nile actions urged

June 20, 2012By 0 Comments

Anti-West Nile actions urged

The Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District has announced that 12 mosquito pools, representing six locations, tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.

The pools were collected June 6 through June 8, a news release from the Mosquito Abatement District stated.

According to Director Shannon Rider, the pools were found in the Garden District in northern Monroe, between Forsythe Avenue and the Ouachita River, in River Oaks subdivision and near Lakeshore Subdivision.

In West Monroe, pools were found in between First Baptist Church of West Monroe and West Monroe High School and between Wallace Dean Road and Ole Highway 15.

Mosquitoes pick up the virus from infected birds and inject it when they bite humans. The infections caused by the virus are characterized in three ways: neurioinvasive, West Nile fever and asymptomatic.

Asymptomatic individuals discover they have the virus when blood tests later reveal it.

Others suffer West Nile fever with achy, mild, flu-like symptoms. But for some, the virus is lethal. They experience a swelling of the brain or spinal cord. Brain damage or death are possible in neurioinvasive cases. The district warns residents to take personal protective measures when working outside this summer, including wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and using Environmental Protection Agency-approved repellent.

Authorities say repellent should be applied to exposed skin.

“Care should be taken to ensure that water-holding containers are emptied to deny mosquitoes a place to breed in your neighborhood,” the release stated.

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