Mosquitoes infected with West Nile found in Louisville


Health officials are urging Louisville residents to take caution after West Nile virus was found in some mosquitoes. The Department of Public Health and Wellness said it has found West Nile-infected mosquitoes in surveillance traps in the 40215 area code.They said while finding the virus in mosquitoes this time of year is not unusual, it should make residents more cautious. In most instances, people infected with the virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms. However, less than one percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. So far this year, no human cases of West Nile have been reported in Louisville.Here are some of the department’s tips for avoiding mosquito bites: Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions. More information about insect repellents can be found here at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html. When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing. Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has operated a mosquito control program for more than 60 years. The department does surveillance of mosquito populations with traps strategically located throughout the community, and tests mosquitoes for such diseases as West Nile, La Crosse, Eastern Equine and St. Louis Encephalitis, official said.To make a request regarding mosquitoes in your neighborhood, you can call Metro Call at 311 or 574-5000.

Health officials are urging Louisville residents to take caution after West Nile virus was found in some mosquitoes.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness said it has found West Nile-infected mosquitoes in surveillance traps in the 40215 area code.

They said while finding the virus in mosquitoes this time of year is not unusual, it should make residents more cautious.

In most instances, people infected with the virus either show no symptoms or relatively mild symptoms. However, less than one percent of infected people develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.

So far this year, no human cases of West Nile have been reported in Louisville.

Here are some of the department’s tips for avoiding mosquito bites:

  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. To optimize safety and effectiveness, repellents should be used according to the label instructions. More information about insect repellents can be found here at http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html.
  • When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Don’t apply repellents containing permethrin directly to skin. Do not spray repellent on the skin under your clothing.
  • Take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours. Take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing from dusk to dawn or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.

The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has operated a mosquito control program for more than 60 years.

The department does surveillance of mosquito populations with traps strategically located throughout the community, and tests mosquitoes for such diseases as West Nile, La Crosse, Eastern Equine and St. Louis Encephalitis, official said.

To make a request regarding mosquitoes in your neighborhood, you can call Metro Call at 311 or 574-5000.


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