First positive mosquito sample of West Nile Virus confirmed in Baton Rouge

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Along with the coronavirus, the West Nile Virus has made its way to Louisiana on the same day.

“Everybody’s concern now is about Corona Virus and rightly so but we got to remember here in East Baton Rouge parish particularly West Nile is always a problem in the summer.”

As the summer months inch closer, East Baton Rouge officials are warning you of the West Nile Virus.

“It’s very early and the mosquito numbers are pretty low so that part is good but it’s never too early to remind people, take precautions.”

Monday morning, Randy Vaeth, Interim Director, with the parish’s Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control, confirmed. A mosquito collected from an area in north Baton Rouge, tested positive for the virus.

“It the first sample submitted from anywhere in the state that has tested positive.”

He said, although it’s early, seeing signs of the virus in the first quarter of the year isn’t out of the ordinary.

“In year’s past, seen it in January” said Vaeth.

He said, areas with standing water are breeding pools for the mosquito specie that carries the virus.

“The house mosquito, that’s the one we’re concerned with that’s the major vector, the major carrier for West Nile. They, depending on the temperature develop  from an egg  into an adult in anywhere ten to 14 days.”

Along with wearing long sleeves and repellent, Vaeth said, be mindful of your property

“Empty the water around your property, try to get rid of any standing water.”

Because you could create a breeding ground

“West Nile is here and it’s going to be here almost every summer.”

A representative of the East Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control released this statement about the first instance of the West Nile virus in Baton Rouge.

It is still early in the mosquito season and mosquitoes numbers are not high, but we did have a West Nile virus positive mosquito sample that was collected on March 2  in the Hollywood/Foster Dr. area of North Baton Rouge.  This is the first positive mosquito sample in the state.

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