First human case of West Nile virus this year reported in Davidson County

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 5:50pm

The Metro Public Health Department on Wednesday reported Davidson County’s first human case of West Nile virusin 2012. According to a department spokesman, the affected individual lives in the Antioch area.

The health department’s Pest Management Division collected additional batches of mosquitoes that also tested positive for West Nile virus. Those mosquitoes were found near the intersection of Myatt Drive and Anderson Lane in Madison, near the intersection of Apache Trail and Packard Drive in Antioch, and near the intersection of Lebanon Road and Old Hickory Boulevard in Hermitage.

Other West Nile virus mosquitoes have been found in Goodlettsville, South Nashville and North Nashville this year.

Pest Management will increase trapping initiatives near the areas where West Nile virus has been found. The first mosquitoes were captured and sent to the Tennessee Department of Health in May.

The MPHD says it will continue to monitor standing water in affected areas and apply larvicide to kill mosquito larvae. Department officials recommend citizens protect themselves from mosquitoes during dusk and dawn hours.

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