Aerial Spray scheduled for BR as positive cases of West Nile Virus are found in mosquitoes, birds and humans


PLEASANT HILL, CA – JUNE 29: Mosquitos are seen inside a trap on June 29, 2012 in Pleasant Hill, California. As reports of mosquitoes with West Nile virus are increasing across the country and several people have been confirmed to be infected by the potentially dangerous disease, the Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector Control District is testing mosquito larvae found in standing water throughout the county and is using mosquito fish and BVA Larvacide oils to eradicate the pest. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – According to data from the Louisiana Department of Health, “In EBR Parish, there have been 61 mosquito samples (M) testing positive for WNV: 3 wild birds (A) and 3 human neuro-invasive cases (NID) so far in 2021.”

In a continued attempt to fight the West Nile Virus in the area, an aerial spray mission is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. as long as weather allows it.

The maps below show that “the spray mission will take place in the southeast portion of the parish, over the Highland Road and Hoo Shoo Too Road area.”

The World Health Organization provided this description for neuro-invasive disease:

“The symptoms of severe disease (also called neuro-invasive disease, such as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis or West Nile poliomyelitis) include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis. It is estimated that approximately 1 in 150 persons infected with the West Nile virus will develop a more severe form of disease. Serious illness can occur in people of any age, however people over the age of 50 and some immunocompromised persons (for example, transplant patients) are at the highest risk for getting severely ill when infected with WNV.”

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