West Nile Virus confirmed in EBR Parish, WBR Parish believes positive tests are coming


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) – It is that time of year, heat, humidity, rain and mosquitoes.

That means the West Nile Virus might not be far behind for local residents.

Two parishes are providing an update on whether the West Nile Virus has shown up in their area.

East Baton Rouge Parish confirms that there have been three mosquito sample tests that have come back positive for the West Nile Virus.

EBR breaks it down this way:

  • First positive test of the year from a mosquito pool was collected on June 15th
  • Last week EBR Parish had two positives collected on June 22nd

According to EBR Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control, “since January 1st we have submitted 397 pools to” the Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.

West Baton Rouge Parish has not seen a positive test yet, but based on past experience, it is highly likely that the West Nile Virus will show up soon.

The West Baton Rouge Parish Government Mosquito Control Department provided this rundown of what residents could see over the next few months:

“We have not had any mosquito samples test positive to date but we believe it is coming. Our first mosquito sample to test positive for West Nile Virus last year was on June 26th. This is the typical time of year for WNV to begin showing up in our samples, the season will peak around late July into August, then begin to wind down around late September into October. Mosquito samples are an early warning indicator that West Nile Virus is present and it is a trigger for us to ramp up control efforts thereby reducing the risk of transmission to humans.”

WBR Parish is providing suggestions on how to prevent the proliferation of mosquitoes in your area.

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