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West Nile virus a possibility in Nashville?

Nashville Metro Public Health Department says it has collected two batches of mosquitoes that tested positive for the West Nile virus. This is the first time this year that mosquitoes have tested positive
for this virus in Nashville. To prevent it’s spread, Mosquito protection and prevention education materials will be passed out by the health department to residents in both neighborhoods. They will also monitor standing water in search for mosquito larvae and apply larvicide to areas with mosquito larvae.

Some tips to protect against mosquito bites are: limiting time outdoors at dusk/nighttime, wear mosquito repellent when outside at dusk or dawn, wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts, and pants during dusk/dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent. The Health Department adds, “Fortunately, most people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms. Less than 1% of infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.”

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