West Nile virus found in Destrehan mosquito sample

From staff and wire reports
August 10, 2009 at 9:06 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

A mosquito sample from Destrehan tested positive for the West Nile virus and parish residents are urged to protect themselves against bites by wearing light-colored clothing and long sleeves and pants.

Last summer, mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus were found in Willowdale, Red Church, Norco and Montz. Mosquitoes that test positive for the virus can potentially spread encephalitis, a viral infection that causes flu-like symptoms and can be life threatening.

Along with wearing specific clothing to avoid mosquito bites, residents should also avoid being outside during dawn and dusk hours. Topical mosquito repellents containing DEET, which is the most common active ingredient in insect repellents, are also effective, according to mosquito control.

View other articles written From staff and wire reports

featured merchant

Landry's Outboard Motors & Repairs Service
Landry's Outboard Motors & Repairs Service Over 25 Years of Quality Sales, Service and Repairs on YAMAHA, MERCURY, EVINRUDE and JOHNSON Motors.

St. Charles Parish DA asks for $2.6M annex
St. Charles Parish DA asks for $2.6M annex
In an effort to centralize operations and cut costs, St. Charles Parish District Attorney Joel Chaisson II has asked the parish government for a $2.6 million annex.

Become A Herald-Guide Insider

Get breaking news, sports and lifestyles straight to your inbox