This week the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has confirmed positive sample results for West Nile Encephalitis, otherwise referred to as WNV in St. Bernard Parish.
These positive test results were collected in the Meraux area, specifically Zone 7. This is a very active year for mosquito-transmitted viruses throughout Southeast Louisiana; West Nile has been detected in numerous surrounding parishes.
Spraying will be conducted on the evenings of August 9th thru August 11th. Residents should be aware that most people infected with West Nile do not experience symptoms. The Center for Disease Control recommends residents living in areas where West Nile has been detected to take the following steps:
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or similar water-holding containers
- Pay special attention to discarded tires
- Have clogged roof gutters cleaned every year
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use
- Turn over wheelbarrows and eliminate stagnate water in birdbaths
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, not in use
- Mosquitos may even breed in the water that collects on pool covers.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property
- Please wear protective clothing and apply proper mosquito repellent when going outdoors
- Potted Plants – add a few drops of vegetable oil to the tray to coat the standing water so larvae won’t mature
St. Bernard Parish Government and Mosquito Control Services are working to keep our citizens informed and safe against mosquito-borne viruses. Parish Government will continue to keep residents informed of future test results.