Mosquito collections from Angel Park and Daingerfield Island in Alexandria recently tested positive for the West Nile virus, marking the first reported activity of the virus in the City for the 2011 season. The Alexandria Health Department is working with the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the National Park Service to reduce mosquito breeding in these areas.
Due to the increased risk of West Nile virus transmission, public health officials are advising City residents to eliminate standing water and to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Recent hot weather causes mosquitoes to develop into adults more rapidly, which can result in a marked increase in the mosquito population. Officials are concerned that other areas in the City may soon have mosquitoes with the virus and are advising all residents to eliminate standing water.
No human cases of West Nile virus disease have been reported in the City of Alexandria this year. Two human cases were reported last year.
For tips on preventing mosquitos from breeding, visit alexandriava.gov/MosquitoControl. For more information about WNV, please visit the following websites:
- Virginia Department of Health: West Nile Virus Infection
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: West Nile Virus: Fight the Bite!
For additional questions or concerns regarding mosquitoes or mosquito-borne illness, contact Dr. Linda O’Connor, Medical Entomologist, Alexandria Health Department, at 703.746.4917.