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Health Officials Issue Warning About West Nile Risk

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Another three batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Davidson County.

The Metro Public Health Department said Tuesday that two batches of mosquitoes were captured in the Antioch area near the intersection of Edge O Lake Drive and Bell Road. The other batch was captured in a North Nashville neighborhood near the intersection of Buena Vista Pike and Moormans Arm Road.

"Usually in July you have a lot of dry grass and you don't have a lot of standing water anywhere  but this year's a little different," explained Brian Todd with Metro Public Health.

There have been 21 batches of mosquitoes that have tested positive in Nashville/Davidson County since May 1, including areas of Bellevue, Bordeaux, Donelson, West Nashville, North Nashville, East Nashville, and Goodlettsville. No human cases have been reported.

"When you have as much rain and you have a lot of areas, low lying areas where mosquitoes can lay eggs and larva can hatch out and become biting mosquitoes," Todd added.

The Health Department's Pest Management staff has visited each area and will continue to inspect standing water areas and apply larvicide if mosquito larvae are present. There are no plans to spray in the areas.

The Health Department began trapping mosquitoes and sending them to be tested at the Tennessee Department of Health's lab the first week in May.

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