LSU Veterinary School reminds people to protect themselves against mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases
For Immediate Release: August 15, 2016
BATON ROUGE--Increased rain means increased mosquitoes. There may be an increase in the number of mosquitoes that carry West Nile and other viruses due to recent flooding in the next week or so. Try to wear bug spray when outside, especially if around standing water or during flood recovery activities. Some mosquito species bite at night, so you are still vulnerable in the dark, while others (Aedes mosquitoes including the Asian Tiger mosquito) will also be out and are voracious day biters. Mosquitoes carry viruses routinely found in Louisiana such as West Nile (http://www.ldaf.state.la.us/news/commissioner-strain-warns-of-eastern-equine-encephalitis-and-west-nile-virus-threats/).
Governor John Edwards has said that with increased federal assistance, the state will ramp up mosquito control efforts, which will not only protect the public from West Nile and other such indigenous viruses, but also from the threat of Zika importation. There is currently no local transmission of Zika in Louisiana, but Aedes albopictus (a vector of Zika) can also transmit West Nile. Protect yourself with appropriate repellent.
The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine is one of only 30 veterinary schools in the U.S. and the only one in Louisiana. The LSU SVM is dedicated to improving the lives of people and animals through education, research and service. We teach. We heal. We discover. We protect.
Ginger Guttner, Director of Public Relations
LSU School of Veterinary Medicine
225-578-9922 or firstname.lastname@example.org