Several areas test positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish

OUACHITA PARISH, La. (KNOE) - According to the Department of Health and Hospitals, twelve mosquito pools, representing ten locations, tested positive for West Nile virus in Ouachita Parish.

Shannon S. Rider, of the Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District, says the samples were collected from mosquito pools from July 5th through July 8th.

Here is a list of locations that tested positive:

*Between the Ouachita River and South Grand St.
*Near I-20 and Orange Street
*Near the Lakeshore Subdivision
*Between Ferrand and Hwy. 165

*Near Richwood Road No. 1

West Monroe:
*Between West Monroe High School and First Baptist Church of West Monroe
*Near the Hidden Hills Subdivision

Southwestern Ouachita Parish:
*Between Hwy.34 and Caples Road
*In the Mount Vernon area

Southeastern Ouachita Parish:
*Near the southern portion of Prairie Road (2)

According to the Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement District, areas will be treated tonight, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

They also offer the following advice:
When working outdoors, particularly during the evening, everyone should take personal protective measures. These measures include wearing a long-sleeved shirt, long pants and the use of an EPA approved repellent. Repellent should be applied to exposed skin and on thin clothing because mosquitoes can bite through thin clothing. Care should be taken to ensure that water holding containers are emptied to deny mosquitoes a place to breed in your neighborhood.