West Nile Virus Found In Goodlettsville

Posted at 3:50 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 16:50:26-04

Goodlettsville city officials announced the West Nile Virus has been found in an area near Moss-Wright Park.

Tennessee Department of Health officials alerted the city to the confirmed sample. A single mosquito tested positive for the virus out of several mosquito pools.

The pool in which the positive sampling came from was located where Madison Creek intersects with Manskers Creek adjacent to Moss-Wright Park.

There have been no reports of any human cases in the city.

Officials reminded residents to get rid of any standing water near their homes as sporadic rains continue.

It only takes a teaspoon of water to create breeding conditions around your home; so they reminded people to “Tip and Toss” items outside their homes frequently, to prevent stagnant water which could result in mosquito breeding.

They also reminded everyone of the following tips:

  • INSECT REPELLENTS: Use insect repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin or Oil of Lemon when outdoors.
  • DRESS: Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when outdoors.
  • DUSK and DAWN: Although mosquitoes associated with West Nile can be active throughout the day, residents should take extra care during peak mosquito biting hours (from dusk to dawn) or consider avoiding outdoor activities during these times.
  • DRAIN: Drain standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, and birdbaths.