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West Nile Virus found in South Knox mosquitoes; spraying set for Thursday night

9:00 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-Knoxville) For the first time this year, the presence of West Nile Virus has been found in mosquitoes in Knox County.  The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) will spray in that area of South Knoxville Thursday night.

The affected mosquitoes were found in the South Chapman Highway area. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocol, the area will be sprayed to reduce the mosquito population and the risk of WNV spread.

The spraying is scheduled for Thursday, June 13 between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting. The spray area includes Arthur Harmon Road, Crossfield Drive, Konda Drive, Karla Drive, Kimberlin Heights Road and Twin Leaf Lane.

Signs will be posted in the affected areas to alert residents, who are asked to stay inside during spraying and to keep pets inside or in the backyard.

"To date, Knox County has had no confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans," said KCHD Environmental Health Director Ronnie Nease. "By spraying to reduce the population of mosquitoes, we hope to reduce the potential of mosquito-to-human transmission."

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