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West Nile found in Monroe near zoo and in Ouachita Parish along Prairie Road

Cropped Photo: Erik F. Brandsborg / CC BY-SA 2.0
Cropped Photo: Erik F. Brandsborg / CC BY-SA 2.0(WNDU)
Published: Jun. 28, 2019 at 4:00 PM CDT
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Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement has released the results of recent testing for the

and two locations in Ouachita Parish tested positive for the virus.

They say samples from the mosquito pools were collected June 19-21. The two pools that tested positive are in Monroe near Bernstein Park/Zoo and in southeastern Ouachita Parish in the Prairie Road area.

These areas will be treated by truck on Friday night (June 28) and on Monday (July 1.)

Ouachita Parish Mosquito Abatement reminds everyone to take caution against mosquitos when working outdoors, especially at night.

The CDC says, "West Nile virus (WNV) is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States."

About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

Mosquito Abatement says mosquito repellant should be used on exposed skin and thin clothing because mosquitos can bite through thin clothing.

They also say you should dump any containers holding water outside because mosquitos breed in free-standing water.

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