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Mosquito samples test positive for St. Louis Encephalitis virus in Iberia Parish

Posted at 6:17 PM, Sep 06, 2019

IBERIA PARISH — The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine Louisiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory has reported St. Louis Encephalitis virus (SLE) activity in tested mosquito samples in Iberia Parish.

According to a release, two samples were positive for SLE virus by genetic testing. There locations were the Lucerne and Gajan areas of the Parish.

The Iberia Parish Mosquito Abatement District says they will immediately implement protocol operational interventions to stop the risk of the spread of SLE. According to officials, SLE is a serious infection and those living in the areas where it has been detected need to take precautions to reduce risk. If outdoors, wear repellent, cover exposed skin and avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active.

The District says that with an increase in floodwater mosquitoes, air and ground spraying operations will continue in the parish as needed.

Residents throughout the Parish are urged to follow these simple guidelines recommended by the CDC.

· Apply mosquito repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and apply as directed on the label!

· Protect children sensitive to insect bites with repellent and cover exposed skin --- there are many preparations sold in drug stores and camping sections of local stores that are formulated for adults as well as children.

· Wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors particularly at DAWN and DUSK.

· Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when outside for prolonged periods.

If you have any questions or mosquito related problems, contact the mosquito abatement office at (337) 365-4933 or at