Jessie Boudreaux, Cajun Mosquito Control owner, told the city council Tuesday about news media reports of West Nile virus outbreaks around the nation.
“Although mosquito numbers are quite low in Franklin, the West Nile virus is very active in current mosquito populations across the state,” he said. “We have confirmed one mosquito pool in Patterson and one in Cypremort Point. No sentinel chickens or pools have tested positive in Franklin or in Morgan City.”
Boudreaux said there are no human cases of West Nile in St. Mary Parish, but there are 92 confirmed cases in the state. Six deaths have resulted.
Persons over 65 are more susceptible, but Boudreaux said anyone can catch the virus.
“Be proactive,” he said. “Avoid mosquitoes.”
He suggested the following guidelines:
—Wear insect repellent with Deet outdoors.
—Light-colored long-sleeved shirts and pants in peak times of mosquito activity.
—After rain, check for standing water and remove it if possible, from containers such as ice chest, buckets, cans, etc.
June through November are the active months for West Nile virus, Boudreaux said. If residents have standing water they cannot easily remove, they can contact his company for assistance at (985) 879-3677.
The company conducts weekly tests for the virus.
Spraying of parks and sports facilities continue to be maintained, Boudreaux said.