West Nile Virus detected in Norfolk mosquitoes

West Nile Virus detected in Norfolk mosquitoes

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:16 PM

NORFOLK -- Two mosquito pool samples have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Norfolk Department of Public Health.

The first sample was collected on July 24 from the Ingleside neighborhood.  The second sample was collected on August 5 from the North Shore Point neighborhood. 

The Ingleside community was fogged on July 26, and North Shore Point was fogged on August 6. 

Crews have been dispatched to those areas to continue mosquito control and surveillance activities.
       
The Virginia Department of Health recommends the following tips to reduce exposure to mosquitoes:

  • Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing.
  • If possible, limit outdoor exposure between dusk and dawn.
  • Use insect repellants with DEET according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  • Turn over or remove containers in your yard where water collects, such as old tires, potted plant trays, buckets and toys.
  • Eliminate standing water on tarps or flat roofs.
  • Clean out birdbaths, wading pools and swimming pools.
  • Clean roof gutters and downspout screens

           
For additional information on mosquito control or to report areas of potential mosquito breeding, call the Vector Control Division at (757) 683-2840, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 
 

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