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Tuesday, July 19, 2005

10:22 AM

posted by HistoricGermantown |

Mosquitoes--from the Mayor's Office of Neighborhoods

We want you to know that mosquitoes collected by the Metro Public Health Department’s Pest Management Division have tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were trapped in a neighborhood southwest of the Highway 70 and Highway 100 split. There have been no human cases reported this year in Davidson County.
As a result of the confirmation of WNV in mosquitoes, the Health Department has increased mosquito trapping efforts in the area where mosquitoes have tested positive. Health Department Pest Management Staff have also increased monitoring standing water and applying larvacide granules where mosquito larvae are present.
Targeted use of adulticide may be applied following further evaluation of the area where WNV was identified. Notification of spraying will be provided to media, on Metro 3, Health Department Web Site (healthweb.nashville.gov), and sent on the Health e-mail system.
The most likely method of WNV transmission to humans and other animals is by biting mosquitoes that are carrying the disease. Therefore, the Health Department recommends community members take the following steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites, 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.
- 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 all your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.
- The Health Department asks community members to reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by removing standing water in your yard – especially in children’s toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans, and wheelbarrows, and cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).
The Health Department will provide e-mail updates throughout mosquito season.

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