West Nile virus is already circulating in Nashville, according to a statement issued this morning by the Metro Public Health Department.
A batch of mosquites collected in Bordeaux near the intersection of Clarksville Pike and West Hamilton tested postive for the virus. Health officials are asking people to be diligent about removing mosquito habitats, such as bird baths and wet flower pots, to prevent a repeat of 2012. West Nile infections in humans statewide rose 83 percent last year, and a Davidson County man died from the disease.
There have been no human cases reported yet this year.
The Nashville health department pest management staff will be in Bordeaux today to place additional mosquito traps and pass out fliers. Staff will also inspect standing water areas and apply larvicide if mosquito larvae are present. There are no plans to spray in the area.
The health department said people can protect themselves against bites by limiting time outdoors at dusk and nightime, using a mosquito repellent, wearing clothes that cover most of the body and keeping window screens in good repair.
Officials also recommend specific steps to reduce breeding areas. They include eliminating standing water, aerate ornamental pools or stock them with Gambusia fish and cutting back overgrown vegetation.
Anyone seeking more information about mosquito control in Davidson County may call 340-5660. Information is also available at the Health Department's website - www.health.nashville.gov and our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MPHDNashville.
Contact Tom Wilemon at email@example.com or 615-726-5961.