Mosquitoes that were collected by the Metro Public Health Department’s Pest Management Division have tested positive for West Nile virus, the department reported Monday.
This is the first time mosquitoes have tested positive in Nashville this year.
The mosquitoes were trapped near the intersection of Rosebank Avenue and Colbert Drive in East Nashville.
The Health Department said it has no plans at this time to spray the area. Its staff will increase surveillance in the area by placing additional mosquito traps, monitoring standing water and applying larvicide when mosquito larvae are present.
The department recommends community members take the following steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites:
• Limit time outdoors at dusk and at night — the times when mosquitoes are present.
• When outdoors wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC – those include products that contain DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
• Wear shoes, socks, long-sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent. (Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Pant legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.)
• Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.
It also asks community members to help reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding grounds by removing standing water in your yard — especially in children’s toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trash cans, and wheelbarrows.
For more information about West Nile virus and mosquito precautions, call 340-5660 or click here.