West Nile cases on the rise

West Nile cases on the rise
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 2:43pm

BATON ROUGE (WVLA)--The hot weather is being blamed for a continued increase in West Nile activity.

Over the last several weeks, three cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in the greater Baton Rouge area.

Officials say mosquitos are the primary carrier of the disease.

The latest readings show 6 out of every 1,000 mosquitos tested in EBR parish are carrying the disease.

Citizens should locate and empty water filled containers every week when they take the trash to the curb for garbage pickup. Other precautions include:

· Avoiding activity around dusk and dawn whenever possible, this is when many mosquito species are most active:

· Wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants when outdoors during peak mosquito activity periods when possible:

· Wearing repellents with DEET or other approved ingredients when outdoors during times when mosquitoes are active (see the CDC Web Site for More Information: and,

· Keeping mosquitoes out of the home by repairing torn window screens and eliminating cracks around doors and windows.

Citizens may call EBRMARC at 356-3297 for assistance between 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM Monday – Friday. The service is free.

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