Mosquitoes collected in St. Tammany Parish test positive for West Nile
Mosquito samples taken earlier this month in St. Tammany Parish have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the State Health Department. The pool in a Covington neighborhood had the first infected mosquitoes in the state this year, officials said. The infected mosquitoes were collected over a two week period.
What You Need To Know
There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat the disease. The Center For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that most people infected with West Nile do not have symptoms, but about 1 in 5 people who are infected, develop a fever and other symptoms, and about 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness. West Nile is not the only illness these bugs can spread. They can also transmit Dengue, Chikungunya and Yellow Fevers as well as the Zika Virus which is especially dangerous to pregnant women. Mosquito control is the best option to stop transmission.
What You Can Do To Minimize Mosquito Dangers
The Aedes Mosquito is a type of mosquito originally found in tropical and subtropical zones, but now found on all continents except Antarctica. These mosquitoes are abundant across Louisiana. The Louisiana Office of Public Health says, that these mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and prefer to lay eggs in or near standing water. These mosquitoes are the same species that spread Dengue and Chikungunya and Yellow Fever as well as the Zika and West Nile Virus. Experts say they are difficult to control because they lay their eggs in very small breeding sites and they have become resistant to chemical insecticides. To combat those mosquitoes try to eliminate standing water in your yard. Experts now use a unique new tool to fight those mosquitoes called In2Care® Mosquito Trap