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Please be advised that at least one case of West Nile virus has been reported in the Marlyville-Fontainebleau neighborhood. Protect yourself and your family by eliminating any standing water - a breeding site for mosquitoes - on your property; avoid mosquito bites by limiting outdoor activities between dusk and dawn; use repellants containing DEET; and mosquito-proof your home using screens on windows and doors.
A recent increase in the number of reported cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana and two confirmed fatalities serve as a reminder of the potentially serious nature of the threat. The virus can cause severe symptoms, especially for those 65 years old and older, but everyone should take precautions.
The Mosquito and Termite Control Board has continued an aggressive aerial and truck application program targeting the “southern house mosquito,” applying larvicide to storm drains and standing water, and educating citizens through community outreach efforts.
Given the large amount of rain recently, it is imperative for residents to remain vigilant in removing standing water by emptying containers and changing water at least weekly in containers that cannot be removed, such as bird baths and kiddie pools. The life cycle of mosquitoes can be completed within a 7 day period, making it important to evaluate yards on a weekly basis. Remove trash and clutter, including discarded tires, buckets, tarps and any other items that could collect water. Make sure swimming pools and fountains are operational and circulating.
CDC information on West Nile virus: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.
Contact New Orleans Mosquito and Termite Control Board to treat standing water, report abandoned pools, or with any other questions or concerns, (504) 658-2400.