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Friday, September 14, 2007

West Nile Detected in Lyon Park (Near Clarendon)

Got this alert from Arlington County:

West Nile virus-infected Asian Tiger mosquitoes, which are human-biting mosquitoes, have been detected in the Lyon Park neighborhood. Because of the type of mosquito involved, Arlington County Health officials are taking steps to reduce the population of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes on public property.

The Environmental Health Bureau of Arlington County will conduct backpack spraying on public property in parts of the Lyon Park neighborhood as early as Thursday, September 13; the exact date and time of the spraying will be determined by the weather. The spray dries within an hour after application and poses little risk to humans. Spraying will take place within the following boundaries: Arlington Blvd, N. Fillmore St., 3rd St., Washington Blvd. Corner of Arlington Blvd and N. Irving St. If it rains, or threatens to rain, staff will delay spraying until clear weather.

Take precautions to reduce mosquito exposure and mosquito breeding. Use mosquito repellent when outdoors in areas where mosquitoes are active. Use products registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) such as products containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. [...]

Note: To date, one human case of West Nile virus has been identified in Arlington County this year.

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