Virginia Beach Mosquito Control Reports Positive Tests for EEE

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Virginia Beach Public Works announced today that there have been three positive tests over the last four weeks for EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis) in sentinel chickens.

The Mosquito Control Biology Lab has been testing certain mosquitoes for EEE using a type of Vector test (field lab test) for the last four weeks.   There have been no EEE positives in any of the mosquito pools.

Two positive tests were at Lifetime Court off of Indian River Road (near Elbow Road), on June 30 and July 14.  The third positive test was off Nanneys Creek Road near Pungo in the southern part of the city, on July 21.

That is not an unusually high number of positive EEE cases, but it does show a slight increase over the last month.  The average number of positives for a summer season for EEE is 6.

Mosquito Control has increased their spraying program in these affected areas.  Night time ULV crews just completed a treatment in this area and will be returning.  Daytime crews will focus on treating any standing water in the affected areas.

People who live in these areas or who spend a lot of time outdoors should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including:

 

  • Try to minimize outdoor activity around dusk and dawn when mosquitos are most active
  • Wear long, loose, light colored clothing
  • Use an appropriate insect repellant and follow label instructions.
  • Get rid of any standing water on your property.  This offers a prime breeding area for mosquitos.

 

EEE is actually quite rare in humans.  Property owners at the trapping sites have been contacted and advised, and lab officials will continue to consult with the other Mosquito Control districts throughout the Hampton Roads region.

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