West Nile virus detected in St. Mary Parish

West Nile virus has made its first appearance of the year in St. Mary Parish.

A sample of mosquitoes and mosquito larvae collected in Amelia by Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. tested positive for the virus at a Louisiana State University laboratory, MCCI owner Glenn Stokes said Friday afternoon.

The sample, called a pull, included around 100 mosquitoes.

“This was the first positive pull in Acadiana this year,” Stokes said. “All 100 mosquitos could have carried West Nile, 1 could have carried West Nile, five or 10 might have. It’s not real surprising, because August is the peak of the West Nile season.”

Stokes said his company would be doing extra spraying in the Amelia area, starting Friday night, for five consecutive nights, including Saturday and Sunday.

Look for more on this story in Monday’s Daily Review.

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