Louisiana man’s death blamed on West Nile prompts increase of spraying

POSTED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 7:30pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 7:34pm

A suspected case of West Nile virus is being blamed for claiming the life of an elderly man in Tangipahoa Parish.

That man's death comes on the heels of the discovery of five cases of West Nile virus being found in humans here in East Baton Rouge. Parish mosquito control says while they continue to spray around neighborhoods from trucks, they're also intensifying their aerial spraying operations, especially around problem areas where infected mosquitoes have been found. They say the summer months are the absolute worst for mosquitoes who can transmit the disease..

"In terms of disease vectors, the two species carrying West Nile, they're summer time mosquitoes,” Matthew Yates, EBR Mosquito Abatement, explained. “Infection rates go up June to August, and decline in September."

The best defense against mosquitoes around your house is to always get rid of any standing water that mosquitoes breed in. So, any buckets, bird baths or puddles, should be emptied.

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