BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) — Control efforts to counteract the spread of West Nile Virus (WNV) in West Baton Rouge Parish will be enacted today after two positive samples were discovered.
The West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control Department wants people to be aware that mosquitoes carrying disease are most likely to affect humans this time of year. Residents are encouraged to protect themselves by taking proper precautions including, but not limited to, eliminating breeding sources around homes and property.
Work crews will begin control efforts through focused daytime larviciding, according to a Facebook post from the West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control Department. Crews will also utilize spray trucks in the evening hours and plan to treat Parish parks ahead of the weekend.
Fifty mosquito samples were submitted to the LSU Diagnostic Lab for testing last week and two returned with a positive result, according to the department. Both samples were located in the “extreme Southern portion of WBR Parish,” and are considered consistent with this time of year.
“Sixteen years of active trapping and testing data in our parish shows a WNV pattern that typically begins in late May to early June, ramps up to its peak in late July to August, and then begins to taper off as we move into September/October.”West Baton Rouge Parish Mosquito Control Department, Facebook Page
For a list of areas that will be sprayed by the department, click here. The department said the page will be updated throughout the season.