The Iberia Parish Mosquito Control Center has upped the ante after some alarming numbers. Eighteen samples from a group of ninety-six that were submitted last week to the Louisiana School of Veterinary Medicine came back positive for West Nile Virus. Typically, two percent of the tested samples come back positive, but these numbers are close to twenty percent. In response, three operations have been launched: larvaciding, ground adulticiding and aerial adulticiding. The spraying will likely continue until the numbers decrease and threat of West Nile Virus declines. Since the beginning of the year, Louisiana has had thirty three cases of human infections of West Nile Virus. Last year at this time, we only had two cases. While none of those reports occurred in Acadiana, residents are urged to take the proper precautions. In its most serious form, West Nile Virus attacks the brain as a neuro-invasive disease and can be fatal. The elderly and children are the most susceptible populations. A few ways you can help lower your chance of catching the virus are to wear repellent, stay indoors at dusk and dawn and remove standing water from around your home.
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The Iberia Parish Mosquito Control office is pulling out all the stops after 18 lab samples of mosquitoes that were sent out returned positive for West Nile Virus.
There haven't been any reports of human infections here in Acadiana, but with risk on the rise, officials are taking the numbers seriously.
Those 18 samples came from a group of 96 that were submitted last week. The positive samples were extracted from 7 different areas in the parish.
But, spraying has since increased everywhere three different operations have been launched this week: larvaciding, ground adulticiding and aerial adulticiding.
The Iberia Parish Mosquito Control will continue to use a combination of these tools until the number of positive samples declines.
So far this year, there haven't been any cases of West Nile Virus in humans detected here in Acadiana. But, there've been 33 statewide, a major jump from the 2 cases that were reported at this time last year and of those 33 cases, 19 have been serious infections.
Executive Director Herff Jones says typically they see 2% of their samples come back positive, not 18%.
There are several precautions you can take including the use of repellants, removing standing water from around your home and staying in at dusk and dawn.