Metro Health Department prepares for mosquito season - WKRN News 2

Metro Health Department prepares for mosquito season

Posted: Updated: April 29, 2013 05:26 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

With a high number of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in 2012, the Metro Health Department wants people to start taking precautions now.

Last year, Tennessee had 33 human cases of West Nile virus.

"Well you know we've had a lot of rain this spring, and it's been relatively warm.  Those two combinations come together to make, potentially, a bad mosquito season," said Health Department spokesperson Brian Todd.

This Saturday, volunteer and Metro workers will head to Davidson County's most prone areas.

"This year we're going to be in a Goodlettsville neighborhood, and we're going to offer inspections of their property. We'll try to identify areas where mosquitoes would lay their eggs," said Todd.

Health officials especially urge everyone to protect themselves during dusk and night time hours by wearing repellent and covering exposed skin.

Mosquito season in Tennessee begins in April and lasts until the first hard freeze.

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