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  • Florida governor declares Zika emergency

    February 3, 2016 3:22 PM

    TAMPA - Gov. Rick Scott has declared a health emergency in four counties due to the Zika virus. At least nine cases of the mosquito-borne illness have been detected in Florida. Health officials believe all of the cases are from people who contracted the disease while traveling to affected countries.... more »
  • Higher temperatures makes Zika mosquito spread disease more

    February 3, 2016 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The mosquito behind the Zika virus seems to operate like a heat-driven missile of disease. Scientists say the hotter it gets, the better the mosquito that carries Zika virus is at transmitting a variety of dangerous illnesses. Although it's too early to say for this outbreak, past outbreaks... more »
  • Rain brings mosquito boom in Livingston Parish Play Video

    November 17, 2015 5:34 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - With more rain on the way the city of Denham Springs plans to rev up its mosquito spraying program. The city started its own program a few months ago but eventually stopped last month after complaints about mosquitoes died down. However, the buzz is back after rain... more »
  • Louisiana: 55 West Nile cases this year, 4 deaths

    October 9, 2015 9:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says one newly reported case of West Nile virus and two additional deaths from the disease have been reported this week. That brings the total number of cases to 55 and the number of deaths to four. Thirty-four of the reported cases... more »
  • Mosquito protection Play Video

    August 17, 2015 9:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- You can't have a hot and humid summer in Louisiana without mosquitoes. Even though this has been one of the milder summers for the insects, mosquito abatement officials are still encouraging people to protect themselves from the pests. This morning, Randy Vaeth from East Baton Rouge... more »
  • Mosquito plane flies in Baton Rouge tonight

    July 22, 2015 4:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A mosquito plane will be circling parts of the city and unincorporated areas Wednesday night. The mosquito control agency announced aerial spraying in Baker, North Baton Rouge, and parts of Southdowns and Kenilworth - in that area, the plane will spray above Perkins Road to Kenilworth.... more »
  • Mosquito spraying starts Monday night in Denham Springs

    July 13, 2015 5:20 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Denham Springs will kick off its new mosquito abatement program when it sprays Monday night. The city plans to begin spraying along Hatchell Lane and surrounding streets at 8 p.m. Denham Springs will spray four nights a week to knock down the mosquito population. This... more »
  • No West Nile in EBR yet Play Video

    June 26, 2015 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control told News Two, lab results that were released Friday show there are no mosquitoes that have tested positive for the West Nile virus. "We're happy this year but we're not letting our guard down," said Randy Vaeth,... more »
  • Denham Springs resuming mosquito control Play Video

    May 26, 2015 6:12 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - With no mosquito control in Livingston Parish, the city of Denham Springs is moving forward with plans to provide its own. The city recently purchased 20 cases of insecticides for nearly $3,500. That's the amount allocated for mosquito control in next year's budget for Denham Springs.... more »
  • Mosquito population explodes

    April 22, 2015 7:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Standing water left behind by last weeks rain is causing the mosquito population to explode. The major concern is West Nile Virus. So parishes with mosquito control workers are out in force this week. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the virus shows no... more »
  • Experts: Weather helping mosquitoes in Livingston Parish Play Video

    March 13, 2015 5:11 PM

    WALKER - Livingston Parish residents have mixed feelings about the future of mosquitoes in the parish with no mosquito control in the area. Voters shot down a property tax twice last year that would have kept the program alive. Instead, mosquito abatement closed its doors in late October and... more »
  • Mosquito money still a problem in Livingston Play Video

    November 11, 2014 9:55 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS- As the end of the Mosquito Abatement program nears in Livingston Parish, current director Jeanine Tessmer is working hard to secure funding that could keep the program alive. "We will not be spraying in 2015 and that's going to allow the mosquitoes to grow in the numbers... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement shutting down Play Video

    October 16, 2014 3:36 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish will come to an end sometime next week. The program is running out of money after voters struck down a fee that would have tacked on to property taxes. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says drivers will spray until the chemicals... more »
  • Capital region has most of new West Nile cases

    September 26, 2014 8:55 PM

    GONZALES- A new case of West Nile in Ascension Parish is among the 15 total new cases state-wide the health department released Friday. The additional cases bring the year's total to 118 reported infections. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the new infections include five of the more... more »
  • DHH confirms 13 new cases of West Nile in Louisiana

    August 15, 2014 3:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health officials confirmed 13 new case of West Nile in the state Friday. The Department of Health and Hospitals reported multiple cases in East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Caddo, Calcasieu and Livingston. Officials say the 13 new cases were reported in the state's latest surveillance report, bringing... more »
  • Cases of a new mosquito virus in Louisiana

    July 30, 2014 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Chikungunya is a mosquito borne virus that comes from the Caribbean and it is spreading into the states including in Louisiana. Chikungunya started to break out in the Caribbean last year, and has spread throughout the United States. The Center for Disease Control said there are six... more »
  • First Louisiana West Nile death of the year

    July 25, 2014 7:36 AM

    SHREVEPORT - Louisiana health officials say a person in Shreveport has died from the West Nile virus. The individual who died was between 60 and 74 years old. The gender of the victim has not been released at this time. Martha Whyte, public health chief in northwest Louisiana, tells the... more »
  • Human cases of West Nile becoming more prevalent capital city area

    July 9, 2014 6:58 PM

    Three human cases of West Nile were found Tuesday in Livingston Parish and as of Wednesday more than 30 cases have been reported in mosquitos. Experts at the East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement say they anticipate to see more human cases due to the amount of mosquitos that are... more »
  • Mosquito control forced to make cuts despite cases of West Nile

    July 8, 2014 10:45 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Mosquito control is cutting back since funds are running out despite three cases of West Nile in the parish. Voters vetoed a $3 million property tax in October to keep spraying the parish. Funds could be gone by next year. Jeanine Tessmer, the Mosquito Abatement Director,... more »
  • Clothing, blood-type can make you mosquito magnet Play Video

    June 24, 2014 9:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Researchers have identified certain factors that could make you a more tasty target for mosquitoes. Research shows that blood type plays the largest role. Mosquitoes land on people with Type-O bloods twice as often as those with Type-A. They landed on people with Type-B blood the... more »
  • Rain sends number of mosquitoes soaring Play Video

    June 5, 2014 4:16 PM

    PORT ALLEN - West Baton Rouge Mosquito Control plans to ramp up spraying after millions of mosquitoes spawned with last week's rain. Just Wednesday night, George Bragg with mosquito control collected more than 500 mosquitoes in one trap in Port Allen. "It's a pretty good amount for just... more »
  • Mosquito control: Expect an "explosion" of mosquitoes Play Video

    February 28, 2014 5:16 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Mosquito experts say to expect an "explosion" of mosquitoes in Livingston Parish when mosquito control stops spraying in the parish in 2015. Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says mosquitoes will be everywhere when mosquito control closes its doors. "There will be nothing to... more »
  • Livingston Mosquito Abatement's future at risk Play Video

    October 4, 2013 4:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Livingston Parish Mosquito Abatement District officials fear that they'll fold if voters don't approve a 3-mill property tax on October 19. Mosquito Abatement Director Jeanine Tessmer says they spray daily in Livingston Parish to keep the pesky mosquito population at bay. They currently bill more than... more »
  • Mosquito abatement buzzing for tax Play Video

    September 16, 2013 10:36 PM

    LIVINGSTON - The mosquito abatement in Livingston Parish is warning people it might not have an income if a tax is denied next month. It's been voted down before, and will be up for decision a second time in October. "They spray at night, you can hear the... more »
  • State's first death from West Nile reported Friday

    September 6, 2013 4:04 PM

    ALEXANDRIA- State health officials announced Friday, the first death in Louisiana connected to West Nile. A person in Rapides Parish got sick and died. Specific details about the victim were not released. Also this week, ten more people contracted the virus. Now, 31 people are sick from West... more »
  • Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Play Video

    May 14, 2013 10:56 PM

    PORT ALLEN- Mosquitoes in traps in West Baton Rouge have tested positive for West Nile, the potentially dangerous disease carried by the bugs. The positive results were found earlier than usual. So, crews have started spraying parts of the parish, first focusing on areas where the bugs were found... more »
  • Mosquito trucks to spray for first time this season

    May 13, 2013 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mosquito trucks will hit the road spraying in East Baton Rouge Parish tonight for the first time this season. Mosquito abatement officials said the trucks will be out in south Baton Rouge around sundown this evening. Randy Vaeth with mosquito abatement said they usually go... more »
  • Leaders plan to push tax increase again

    April 25, 2013 9:06 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Just one year later, leaders want to push a property tax increase to fund Livingston Parish mosquito control again. It was voted-down last year, but since about a third of residents still skip-out on paying the fee, Mosquito and Abatement believes the tax is necessary. Without... more »

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