Jefferson Parish Steps Up Efforts To Keep West Nile Out

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Jefferson Parish Mosquito Control crews are preparing to step up their game.

They say a hawk found in the Timberlane neighborhood may have died from West Nile Virus.

Steve Pavlovich with Mosquito Control says, “What we have done in that area is stepped up efforts including sending out additional trucks in the area, treating drains, and increasing the amount of surveillance and testing for the potential West Nile and Encephalitis.”

They ask residents in Terrytown and Gretna to take precautions using mosquito repellent (especially at dusk and dawn) and get rid of any standing water.

Pavlovich says the season is just getting started, and it’s fairly common for the parish to have between 20 and 40 samples testing positive for west nile.

So far no samples have tested positive in Jefferson Parish.