Positive mosquito samples found near LSU, slow year for West Nile virus in EBR Parish


PLEASANT HILL, CA – JUNE 29: Mosquito larvae collected from a creek sit in a container 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) – One positive thing coming out of 2020 so far is the small amount of West Nile virus cases in EBR Parish.

The Interim Director of Mosquito Abatement & Rodent Control confirms that a recent Department of Health report shows “that a human blood donor from East Baton Rouge Parish tested positive for West Nile virus.”

A determination was made that the blood donor was asymptomatic.

Further investigation found that the individual was most likely exposed to the West Nile virus in September.

Mosquito Abatement & Rodent Control says, “this last week we had no West Nile virus positive mosquitoes, but we did get two positive mosquito samples that were collected on September 25 in an area North of LSU.”

That area was treated more than once by both night spray trucks and aerial application via plane, according to the Mosquito Abatement & Rodent Control.

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