City of Alexandria, VA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2008
Alexandria Health Department Reports Second Positive Test for West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes for 2008
Mosquito collections on DeWitt Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria have tested positive for the West Nile Virus (WNV), marking the second reported activity of the virus in the City and the first in a City residential neighborhood for the 2008 season. No human cases of West Nile Virus disease have been reported in the City of Alexandria this year.
The mosquitoes were collected by the Vector-borne Illness Prevention Program on July 16, 2008, and confirmed positive for West Nile Virus by the State’s Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services.
“West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that is endemic in this region. There are ways of preventing the spread of diseases like West Nile Virus. Residents can play an important role in this effort by getting rid of mosquito-breeding areas around their homes. We urge City residents to be proactive in their efforts to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats,” said Alexandria Health Director, Dr. Lisa Kaplowitz.
The Alexandria Health Department has been proactive in treating all catch basins in Del Ray with an environmentally friendly larvacide. Residents are encouraged to call the Health Department if they are aware of breeding sites in their neighborhood which may be unnoticed.
The Alexandria Health Department recommends the following tips to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas in your neighborhood and to reduce exposure to adult mosquitoes:
Eliminate Mosquito Breeding on Your Property:
Avoid Mosquito Bites:
For more information about WNV, please visit the following Web sites:
For additional questions or concerns regarding mosquitoes or mosquito-borne illness, please call the Alexandria Health Department, Vector-borne Illness Prevention Program. Contact Tim McGonegal, at (703) 838-4400 ext. 327, or Holly Feltner, at ext. 326.