Jul 14, 2013 6:16 PM by katc
Recent West Nile Virus surveillance data from throughout Lafayette Parish indicate an outbreak of this mosquito-borne disease. Scientific test results obtained from dead birds, sentinel chickens and mosquito pools (collections of mosquitoes of same species from a specific area) all indicate a very high level of West Nile Virus.
As a result of data obtained from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, Lafayette Parish has requested that its contractor Mosquito Control Contractors, Inc. intensify sampling and preventive spraying to minimize and prevent the spillover of West Nile Virus into the human population of the Parish. Spraying will be done morning and evenings seven days per week. The situation will be monitored, and only if necessary, aerial spraying will be utilized.
Lafayette community members can play a large role in reducing the chances of getting West Nile Virus by taking certain precautions, namely observe the 5 "Ds":
* DRAINAGE-Mosquitoes can breed in something as small as a bottle cap of water. Make sure you dump out all standing water in containers, toys, tarps, boats, etc.
* DEET-Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, and only as product directs.
* DUSK-Peak period of activity.
* DAWN-Peak period of activity.
* DRESS-Wear loose, light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when you cannot avoid being out when mosquitoes are present.
Members of the public who encounter special problems or need assistance are asked to call the Mosquito Control Hotline at (337)593-0123. This line is monitored daily, seven days a week.
Everyone is encouraged to take this matter seriously as West Nile is a very serious disease and can be fatal in a small percentage of cases. The elderly and the very young are more susceptible because of their immune systems.