The chilly spring may have put a damper on mosquito season so far, but the pests are here. And some of them are carrying the West Nile virus.
The Metro Health Department announced Monday morning that a batch of mosquitoes they collected last week have tested positive for West Nile. The sample was taken from the Bordeaux area last week and was sent to the Tennessee Department of Health laboratory for testing. This is the first positive test of the year in Nashville and no human cases have been reported.
Brian Todd, Metro Health Department spokesman, said they trap mosquitoes in various areas around Davidson County.
“We will be trapping all the way through the end of mosquito season, which is usually around October,” Todd said. “The Health Department will also monitor standing water and eliminate larva before the become adult biting mosquitoes.”
Todd also said the Health Department wants people to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and to take the steps early in the season to reduce standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Long sleeves and pants will prevent bites as will proper amounts of repellant. Todd also cautioned that the insects are worst around dusk.
Cases of West Nile in humans are rare — the first case of 2012 wasn’t reported until October — but Todd said the Health Department has documented the virus in mosquitoes for about a decade.