West Nile Virus Found in Arlington

Arlington has had its first evidence of West Nile Virus. Time to hit up those suggestions (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)I gave you a couple months ago.

From the Arlington County Web Site:

Four mosquito pools in or near Barcroft Park, Glencarlyn Park, and South Cleveland Street in Arlington County have tested positive for West Nile virus, Arlington County public health officials reported Tuesday.

“These are the first positive mosquito pools identified this year in Arlington County,” said Richard Cole, Arlington County Environmental Health Bureau Chief. “This is a reminder to residents that West Nile virus is active in our community and now is the time to eliminate mosquito breeding areas around your home and protect against mosquito-borne illness.” Fairfax County reported a single human case of West Nile virus earlier this year.

“Arlington County residents should ‘Fight the Bite,'” said Arlington County Public Health Director Reuben Varghese, MD, MPH. With summer here, Varghese said, “residents are spending more time outdoors. They should remove standing water on their properties and prevent mosquito bites by wearing long, loose fitting, light colored clothing and using an approved insect repellent when outdoors, especially during evening and early morning hours.” Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk.

You can read the whole article here.

1 Comment so far

  1. Tim M (unregistered) on August 6th, 2007 @ 10:24 am

    Carl, great post. Your suggestions do a great job of separating the facts from the myths.

    If your readers are interested in learning more, Revolution Health has a “West Nile Watch” online resource that’s worth checking out.

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