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New batch of West Nile found in Goodlettsville area

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro Public Health Department officials announced Monday a batch of mosquitoes collected has tested positive for West Nile virus in the Goodlettsville area.

The agency said the batch was captured by the department's Pest Management Division in a Goodlettsville neighborhood near the intersection of Gallatin Pike and West Monticello Avenue.

There have been 10 batches of mosquitoes that have tested positive in Davidson County since May 1, including areas of Bellevue, Bordeaux, Donelson, north Nashville, east Nashville and Goodlettsville.

There have been no human cases reported.

The Pest Management staff will visit the area this week to place additional mosquito traps and pass out fliers. Staff will also inspect standing water areas and apply larvicide if mosquito larvae are present. There are no plans to spray in the area.

The health department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes, including:

  • Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.
  • If you must be outdoors then wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC – those include products that contain DEET, Picaridin, and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Pant legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.
  • Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.

Health Department officials recommend taking steps to reduce mosquito breeding areas. This includes:

  • Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard – especially in children's toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans, and wheelbarrows.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with Gambusia fish.
  • Apply mosquito dunks in standing water areas on your property.
  • Cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).

Reported previously

On June 17, Metro Public Health Department officials said that three more batches of mosquitoes collected in Davidson County have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The virus was found in mosquitoes captured in an east Nashville neighborhood near the intersection of East Trinity Lane and Gallatin Pike.

Other mosquitoes with West Nile were found near the intersection of D.B. Todd Boulevard and Buchanan Street in north Nashville.

The third batch of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile was in a Donelson neighborhood near the intersection of Lebanon Pike and Fairway Drive. This is the second time this year that mosquitoes have tested positive in the Donelson area.

Previous mosquitoes test positive for WVN

Last week, the department announced that West Nile was found at an Old Hickory neighborhood near the intersection of Swinging Bridge Road and Burnett Road, and in Antioch near the intersection of Southlake Drive and Briley Parkway.

Earlier tests found West Nile in a Donelson neighborhood near the intersection of Fairway Drive and Lebanon Pike and in Bordeaux near the intersection of Clarksville Pike and West Hamilton.

In May, health department officials found other infected mosquitoes in the same area of Bordeaux along with others near the intersection of Old Harding Pike and Harpeth Parkway in Bellevue.

Staff with the health department said they will visit the affected areas to place additional mosquito traps and pass out fliers.

Inspectors will also look at standing water areas and apply larvicide if mosquito larvae are present. There are no plans to spray in the area.

West Nile is a viral infection usually transmitted from mosquitoes to birds, but humans can get it, too. Though it is rare, the virus can be paralyzing or even deadly.

Nashville has only had one fatal case of West Nile Virus in the last 10 years.

"That's really why we want people to get out in the yard and look for anything with standing water - anything that holds water, whether it's a bird bath, a child's toy, a flower pot. All of those hold enough water for mosquitoes to lay eggs," said Brian Todd, with the Metro Health Department.

The state health department recommends limiting your time spent outdoors at dusk and at night, cutting back overgrown vegetation - those are known as mosquito hiding areas - and checking to make sure your doors and windows have good functional screens.

For more information, visit the Tennessee Department of Health website: http://health.state.tn.us.

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