West Nile Virus found in White County mosquitoes

by | August 23, 2018 3:58 pm

Last Updated: August 24, 2018 at 8:14 am

According to Bill Christian, Associate Director for Office of Communication and Media Relations for Tennessee Department of Health, the West Nile virus has been found in mosquitoes in White County. Christian states that they are seeing this on other parts of the state as well.

“This time of year the Tennessee Department of Health urges Tennesseans to take steps to prevent mosquito bites,” says Christian. “To avoid mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus.”

There are several steps that can be taken in order to reduce the risk of being infected by mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. These include:

  • Use insect repellants such as DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 on your skin.
  • Reduce mosquito populations around your home. Mosquitoes can breed in any place that holds water, including clogged drains or gutters, watering cans and empty bottles.
  • Use products containing permethrin, a highly effective insecticide, for clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear. Permethrin-treated clothing repels and kills ticks, mosquitoes and other pests and retains this effect after repeated laundering. Some products are available pretreated with permethrin. As a caution, however, it is not to be used directly on skin.
  • Wear ’long, loose and light’ clothing to help prevent bites through fabric. It’s best to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants. Tuck your pants into your socks and your shirt into your pants. Light-colored clothes are less attractive to many insects and may allow you to spot them more easily.

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