2013 could be worst year for West Nile health officials say - WKRN News 2

2013 could be worst year for West Nile health officials say


The Metro Public Health Department is warning residents this year is on pace to potentially be the worst year ever for the West Nile virus.

Early results indicate that mosquitoes are testing positively six times faster than last year.

In 2012, 22 batches of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus in the Nashville area.

At this time last year, which was a record year, only one batch of insects had tested positive for West Nile, compared to six batches this year.

Officials reported collected mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile in two separate area of Bordeaux, Donelson, Bellevue and most recently in Old Hickory and Antioch.

"We had two human cases last year, but no deaths and this year we have had no human cases, but it is just June and mosquito season runs through late September to early October, so we have a ways to go," Brian Todd with the Metro Public Health Department said.  

Nashville's News 2 Investigates spoke with area residents who voiced their concerns about WNV.

"We need to pay attention to the West Nile virus because you can die from it, especially children," Lebanon resident Joyce Fitzpatrick said as she walked around Centennial Park Wednesday.

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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