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Beware: A Virus Has Been Detected in Mosquitos in Iberia Parish

LSUSVM LADDL has reported St. Louis Encephalitis virus (SLE) activity in tested mosquito samples in Iberia Parish. Two samples were positive for SLE virus by genetic testing. Their locations were the Lucerne and Gajan areas of the Parish. The District will immediately implement protocol operational interventions to arrest risk. SLE is a serious infection and citizens need to take precautions to reduce risk. If you must be outdoors, wear repellent, cover exposed skin and avoid outdoor activity when mosquitoes are most active. Residents throughout the Parish are urged to follow these simple guidelines recommended by the CDC.

· Apply mosquito repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus and apply as directed on the label.
· Protect children sensitive to insect bites with repellent and cover exposed skin — there are many preparations sold in drug stores and camping sections of local stores that are formulated for adults as well as children.
· Wear light colored clothing with long sleeves and long pants when outdoors particularly at DAWN and DUSK.
· Avoid wearing perfumes or colognes when outside for prolonged periods.

If you have any questions or mosquito related problems, feel free to contact our office at (337) 365-4933. Like us on Facebook and join us on the web at click on “Mosquito Control” for more information.

Questions after hours call Herff Jones at (337) 380-7140.