Posted: Oct 19, 2012 3:35 PM by Ian Auzenne
Updated: Oct 19, 2012 3:35 PM
A Lafayette Parish man has contracted a neuro-invasive form of West Nile Virus. Glenn Stokes of Mosquito Control says the patient is a Broussard man between 60- and 74 years of age. Stokes says the patient believes he may have contracted the disease in early- to mid-September. The man is the second Lafayette Parish resident to contract the neuro-invasive form of West Nile this year. Another case was reported during the summer.
Stokes says his company will be spraying in the Broussard area for the next seven mornings and evenings. He also urges the public to take precautionary measures to protect themselves. These include what the Health Department refers to as the "Five Ds:"
-Drain all standing water around the house to eliminate any mosquito-breeding sites. Wheelbarrows, tires, tire swings, toys and jars are among the common household items that can hold enough water for attracting and breeding mosquitoes.
-Dress in long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.
-Use mosquito repellents that contain DEET or picaridin while outdoors.
-Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn while mosquitoes are most active.