Posted: Jul 17, 2012 11:28 AM
Source: Ascension Parish
GONZALES - Ascension Parish officials are warning residents to protect themselves from mosquitoes.
David Matassa, director of the Ascension Parish Mosquito Control Department, said the number of mosquitoes with the West Nile virus in the parish is higher than last year at this time.
There have been no human cases of West Nile in Ascension Parish so far this year, Matassa said. However, there are ten confirmed human cases in Louisiana.
Mosquitoes become infected with the virus when they bite wild birds which are infected with the disease. If a mosquito bites an infected bird and later bites a person, it can transmit the disease to that person.
Matassa said emptying water filled containers will greatly reduce the risk of West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne diseases by eliminating mosquito breeding sources.
Residents may call Ascension Parish Mosquito Control at 225-621-9613 for assistance with any mosquito related problems.