Mosquitoes test positive for WNV in Old Hickory, Antioch - WKRN News 2

2 batches of mosquitoes test positive in WNV in Old Hickory, Antioch


The Metro Public Health Department announced on Monday two additional batches of mosquitoes recently collected have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Officials said one batch of mosquitoes was captured in an Old Hickory neighborhood near the intersection of Swinging Bridge Road and Burnett Road. A second batch of mosquitoes was collected in a neighborhood near the intersection of Southlake Drive and Briley Parkway in Antioch.

This is the sixth batch of mosquitoes that have tested positive in Davidson County since May 1. No human cases have been reported.

Officials are scheduled to visit the area on Tuesday to place additional mosquito traps and pass out fliers. Staff will also inspect standing water areas and apply larvide if mosquitoe larvae are present.

Currently there are no plans to spray in the area.

The Health Department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes, including:

•  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.

Anyone seeking more information about mosquito control in Davidson County may call 615-340-5660.

Information is also available at the Health Department's Web site and their Facebook page.

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