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Three cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in Louisiana

Local parishes continue to spray for mosquitoes.

Mosquito spraying is a priority in local parishes, after the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals officials confirm three cases of the West Nile Virus in Livingston Parish. July and August is the peak season for contracting the virus.

 

Desoto Parish is spraying Monday through Thursday in the evenings.

 

“There seem to be a lot more. We did get a lot of rain early in the spring, and going into the summer and that created a lot of standing water, perfect habitats for the mosquitoes,” said Kavon Robbins, Director of Animal Services and Mosquito Control for Desoto Parish.

 

Budget restraints have caused the parish to push back its trapping of mosquitoes until later in the season.

 

“If we were to get a tax passed, we would be able to get a few more trucks, a few more sprayers, a couple more individuals… and then we would also be able to spray the municipalities,” said Kavon Robbins.

 

Over in Caddo Parish, Mosquito Control Director Bryan Glascock traps mosquitoes daily. According to Glascock, he’s received more than 700 complaints since April, many of them coming from the Broadmoor neighborhood. He has sent more than 53 pools of mosquitos to the lab. None of them have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

 

Bossier and Caddo parishes are also spraying for mosquitoes Monday through Thursday. So far, all three parishes have no reports of humans contracting the West Nile Virus.

 

Officials are also encouraging people to check for containers outside their home, especially after a thunderstorm. They encourage people to dump any standing water as that's a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

 

If mosquitoes are attacking your house, you can call your respective mosquito control office and they'll check it for larvae.

 

Zyneria Byrd contributed to this report

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