Mosquitoes that tested positive for St. Louis encephalitis were found last Tuesday (July 24), according to health officials in the Thibodaux area
WDSU reports that the mosquitoes were found at a sample site in northwest Thibodaux After the West Nile virus, of which there are six confirmed cases this year, the Saint Louis encephalitis transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Most people who are infected with these viruses show no symptoms. Those reporting flu-like symptoms such as fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue are reported to be the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
There are no vaccines for both viruses.
There were no human cases of West Nile reported this year in the Orleans Parish. However, on Friday (July 27), health authorities confirmed that mosquitoes that have been tested at various locations in the city have been positive for the virus.
Sarah Babcock, the health department and planning manager of the New Orleans Health Department, said she saw more West Nile activity than usual for July.
Health officials are calling on the public to make security arrangements, such as: B. removing containers that hold stagnant water from their homes. Residents are encouraged to limit outdoor activities between dawn and dusk, use EPA-registered insect repellent, and flush out fountains or bird baths with soap to scrub mosquito eggs.