West Nile virus resurfaces in Morgan City
MORGAN CITY, La. -- A contractor hired to monitor encephalitis viruses in St. Mary Parish said a sentinel chicken tested positive for West Nile virus in Morgan City on Friday.
Protocol measures have been implemented and ultra-low volume truck adulticide spraying was scheduled for the following three nights, weather permitting, said Jessie Boudreaux Jr. of Cajun Mosquito Control.
Residents are encouraged to take necessary precautions in avoiding mosquitoes, especially at their peak activity times of dusk and dawn.
If residents must be outside:
—Apply an insect repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET to exposed skin surfaces.
—Wear light-colored, long-sleeve shirts and pants, if possible.
—Avoid wearing perfumes and colognes.
—Make sure that your house has tight fitting windows and doors screens and that all are free from holes.
—Residents are being encouraged to remove all standing water in items such as bird baths, plant bowls, empty soda cans, old tires, abandoned or unused swimming pools, clogged rain gutters or any containers that may hold water.
June through October is generally the most active period for West Nile virus activity.
Glenn Stokes of Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. said his office has had no positive test results in St. Mary Parish.
Between Stokes’ and Boudreaux’s companies, they monitor all of St. Mary Parish.
A month ago, a sentinel chicken tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis virus in Morgan City. A week prior to that, a chicken in Patterson tested positive for West Nile virus, Boudreaux said.
Berwick, however, remains without a positive test in either light traps, mosquito pools or the town’s sentinel chicken, Stokes said.
Residents with questions or wishing to report mosquito problems can call Cajun Mosquito Control at 985-879-3677 or MCCI at 1-337-365-6995. They also may contact the appropriate municipality or parish government.