The West Nile virus has been detected in Culex mosquitoes in the Milligan Street area of East Knoxville and a portion of the Halls community in North Knox County.

It comes exactly a week after mosquitoes in South Knoxville tested positive for the disease.

The Knox County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes in these areas on Thursday, Aug. 3 between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting, to reduce the population and risk of the virus spreading to humans.

Signs will be posted in the affected neighborhoods to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside during spraying and keep pets inside or in the backyard.

The following locations will be sprayed:

Milligan Street Spray Area:

  • Summit Avenue
  • Turner Street
  • Mundy Street
  • Nichols Avenue
  • North Harrison Street
  • Washington Avenue east of Cherry Street
  • Jefferson Avenue east of Cherry Street
  • Woodbine Avenue east of Cherry Street
  • East Fifth Avenue east of Cherry Street
  • Milligan Street north of East Magnolia Avenue
  • North Hembree Street north of East Magnolia Avenue
  • North Elmwood Street
  • North Castle Street north of Cherry Street
  • North Mary Street north of Magnolia Avenue
  • North Beaman Street north of Magnolia Avenue
  • Manor Drive
  • Crawford Avenue
  • Lakeside Street north of East Magnolia Avenue
  • Hampton Avenue
  • Kirkwood Street north of East Magnolia Avenue
  • American Avenue
  • Knoxville Zoo Drive

Halls Spray Area:

  • Homestead Drive
  • Hallbrook Road
  • Arlie Drive
  • Zirkle Drive
  • Marshall Drive
  • Portion of Old Maynardville Pike
  • Areas around Halls Middle School and Halls High School

Follow-up spraying is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17.

The above-mentioned sprayings are in addition to the South Knoxville area treated on July 27 and scheduled for follow-up treatment on Aug. 10.

To prevent mosquito bites and reduce mosquito habitats, officials recommend the following:
• Apply repellants to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids or sprays. The CDC recommends the use of repellants that contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3, 8-diol, and IR3535. The duration of protection varies by repellant; read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal
• Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks.
• Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pretreated permethrin clothing.
• Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flower pots, children’s toys or trash cans.
• To prevent breeding in large water-holding devices, including bird baths or garden pools, use larvicides such as mosquito torpedoes or mosquito dunks. If used properly, larvicides will not harm animals.