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For Immediate Release
More mosquitoes test positive for West Nile; health department to spray Tuesday
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Sept. 21, 2009). – The Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will be spraying for mosquitoes in two areas of the city on Tuesday to help combat West Nile virus.
Vector crews will spray in a half-mile radius around the 2700 block of North Anthony Boulevard and the 6700 block of Olde Towne Parkway as a result of finding mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in those areas. Maps of the proposed spray areas are included with this release and available on the department’s Web site at www.allencountyhealth.com.
Spraying will begin at approximately 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Spraying will not occur when the temperature is below 55 °F, wind speeds exceed 10 mph or it is raining.
Mosquitoes can carry the West Nile virus which, when transmitted to humans, can cause symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. A more severe form of the disease can lead to neurological disorders, coma and even death.
The health department’s mosquito control program focuses on eliminating potential breeding sites, larviciding to reduce the mosquito population, and placing traps to collect and test mosquitoes for disease. Spraying for adult mosquitoes, also known as adulticiding, is only performed when samples test positive for the West Nile virus.
While the pesticide used for mosquito control is an EPA-approved, low-volume concentration that is considered safe for humans and pets, it is suggested that residents remain indoors, bring pets inside, and close windows and doors while spraying is occurring.
Residents are encouraged to prevent mosquito bites by eliminating standing water on their property, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants when outdoors and by using insect repellent.
For more information or to sign up to receive mosquito spraying notifications by email, visit www.allencountyhealth.com.
West Nile Virus prevention measures
§ Check your property for breeding sites. Eliminate any sources of standing water.
§ Limit time spent outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.
§ Wear loose, light-colored clothing, pants and long sleeve shirts.
§ Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or
IR3535 to clothing and exposed skin.