Monday, June 27, 2011
MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV) - The next time you go outside near downtown Memphis, be sure to wear plenty of mosquito repellent.
The Shelby County Health Department is urging caution after mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus were recently discovered near downtown Memphis.
"It is a disease which can cause infection in the brain, and that is very serious," said Dr. Daniel Sprenger, manager of the Shelby County Health Department's Vector Control program.
According to Sprenger, mosquitoes with the virus have been found at a home in the 38126 zip code.
"It appears to be a typical outbreak at this point," he said. "It doesn't seem to have any unique characteristics."
Since April, Vector Control has been spraying areas in the 38126 zip code, applying insecticides where mosquito breeding has occurred - especially near standing bodies of water.
"I don't believe the flood has anything to do with it," Sprenger said. "Actually this activity is a few weeks later than any activity we've seen in the past."
So far no residents have been bitten by the infected mosquitoes.
"There's no human cases as of yet," Sprenger said. "Human cases, if they occur, generally occur in August or September."
However, people who live in the affected areas are being urged to remain on guard.
"They should check their yard, and make sure there are no objects that are holding water," Sprenger said.
BIM: Traveling to Memphis this summer for Elvis Week? Be sure to pick up some insect repellent like OFF or some people use Avon's Skin So Soft. You will definately need this if attending the candle light service. Don't risk getting eaten alive this summer!