NEW ORLEANS, LA-- The City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board (NOMTCB) is reporting the detection of West Nile virus (WNV) in mosquitoes collected in Orleans Parish.
The Mosquito Control Board has increased aerial and truck applications targeting Culex quinquefasciatus, the “southern house mosquito”. This mosquito is a known vector of West Nile virus. NOMTCB urges residents of New Orleans to protect themselves from West Nile virus by avoiding mosquito bites through limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn, mosquito-proofing your home by maintaining screens on windows and doors in good repair, and using repellants recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/repellentupdates.htm).
The New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board urge residents to reduce the number of mosquitoes around their residence. Remove standing water by emptying all containers and removing trash and clutter. Common items that hold water include discarded tires, buckets, tarps, pet dishes, kiddie pools, flower pots and saucers, and certain plants such as bromeliads. Permanent containers such as bird baths that cannot be removed should be washed and scrubbed at least one a week. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating, if water is stagnant, residents are encouraged to contact the Mosquito and Termite Control Board for mosquito larvicide or mosquito fish to combat larvae.
The City of New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board will continue aggressive control measures using and integrated pest management to combat the southern house mosquito. The Mosquito Control Board has responded to the WNV activity in the mosquitoes by applying insecticides targeting mosquito larvae and adults. Adult mosquitoes are being treated by fog truck and airplane. The City will continue these operations throughout the summer.
While no human infections have been reported in Orleans Parish, according to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, the first WNV human case of 2012 season was recently reported in St. Bernard Parish. For additional information regarding West Nile virus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.
For any other questions or concerns, please contact the New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board at (504) 658-2400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.