Dec 21, 2012 6:35 PM by Nichole Guillory

West Nile in Lafayette Parish

A heads up for residents in Lafayette Parish, according to Medical Entomologist, Glenn Stokes with Mosquito Control Contractors Incorporated, there has been two positive test of the West Nile virus in the last two weeks. Stokes says, crews tested mosquito pools near Rue De Novembre in Scott, and East Willow St. In Lafayette, in both areas West Nile has been detected.

Since the virus came to the United States 10 years ago, Stokes says, this is the first time they've seen positive testing in December. Crews will be out spraying, but when they will be done is unknown, due to weather. Spraying cannot be done when the temperatures are below 50 degrees, winds are over 10mph, or rain is in the area. Stokes hopes to have crews out spraying tomorrow evening, if not, Christmas day.

Stokes says, crews will heavily spray the area and 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



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