Samples test positive for West Nile virus in east Savannah and Islands area

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Chatham County Mosquito Control has identified positive West Nile Virus (WNV) mosquito samples in the east Savannah and the Islands area.

This is in addition to the positive samples identified last week in southeast Chatham County.

The Chatham County Mosquito Control will continue to increase abatement efforts and treat all areas of Chatham County for mosquitoes.

Residents should expect to see Mosquito Control’s low flying, yellow helicopters on a regular basis throughout the county.

There are some efforts residents can make to prevent mosquito breeding and mosquito bites.

Chatham County Mosquito Control offers the following tips:

  • Eliminate standing water around home and in the yard
  • Tip & toss containers after every rain, once a week
  • Tightly cover water storage containers including buckets, cisterns & rain barrels
  • Dump out standing water in flowerpots, planters, wading pools, children’s toys & pet dishes
  • Clean out gutters, remove piles of leaves
  • Dispose of any old tires, bottles, cans, or items that may hold water
  • Keep vegetation cut low to prevent landing sites for adult mosquitoes
  • Participate in community cleanup days

By helping to limit potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, every resident can contribute to reducing the nuisance caused by mosquitoes and stop the transmission of mosquito-borne diseases.

Residents are always encouraged to follow the 5Ds of mosquito bite prevention:

  1. Dusk/Dawn – Avoid dusk and dawn activities during the summer when mosquitoes are most active.
  2. Dress – Wear loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirts and pants to reduce the amount of exposed skin.
  3. DEET – Cover exposed skin with an insect repellent containing the DEET, which is the most effective repellent against mosquito bites (Or use EPA registered Picaridin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus when outdoors).
  4. Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water – buckets, barrels, flower pots, tarps – because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
  5. Doors – Make sure doors and windows are in good repair and fit tightly, and fix torn or damaged screens to keep mosquitoes out of the house.

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