2 new West Nile cases in SMP
Two cases of the West Nile virus in sentinel chickens were confirmed Friday by LSU in St. Mary Parish — one in Franklin and one in Patterson, according to Jessie Boudreaux, owner of Cajun Mosquito Control.
“We have implemented our Expanded Arbovirus Protocol measures as of Friday afternoon,” Boudreaux said. “We are asking residents to please avoid mosquitoes and their peak activity times of dusk and dawn.
“If someone must be outside, wear insect repellent on exposed skin surfaces. Wear light colored long sleeve clothing, and avoid perfumes or colognes.”
Boudreaux also encourages residents and business owners to remove any standing water in items such as bird baths, swimming pools, water bowls for pets, buckets, plant bowls, clogged rain gutters, tires or any container that will hold water.
“We conducted three nights of truck ULV spraying, this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights,” he said.
Inspections are being made in both Franklin and Patterson for any container breeding or stagnant drainage areas.
Larvicide is being applied to control juvenile mosquitoes found.
June through October is generally the peak West Nile virus activity time period, but in Louisiana virus activity can be present year round.