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Mosquito spraying is set for Tuesday

Statement issued Monday by the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Aug. 29, 2011) – Mosquitoes collected at nine locations have tested positive for West Nile virus, and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health will conduct targeted spraying in those areas this week.

Vector crews will spray Tuesday, Aug. 30 around a half-mile radius of the following locations:

  • 4200 block of Rurode Lane, Wayne Township
  • 1000 block of Ventura Lane, Wayne Township
  • 4000 block of Smith St., Wayne Township
  • 7100 block of Selkirk Drive, Adams Township

Additional spraying will take place Wednesday, (Aug. 31) in a half-mile radius around the following locations:

  • 2000 block of Pauline St., Wayne Township
  • 1800 block of Gruber Ave., Wayne Township
  • 2500 block of Monmouth Ave., Wayne Township
  • 1800 block of Hensch St., Wayne Township
  • 1800 block of Reckeweg Road, Wayne Township

Maps of the proposed spray areas are included with this release and available on the department’s Web site at www.allencountyhealth.com.

Spraying will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile virus which, when transmitted to humans, can cause symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. A more severe form of the disease can lead to neurological disorders, coma and even death.

So far in 2011, 392 mosquito samples in Allen County have been tested and 31 have been positive for West Nile virus. There has been one confirmed human case in Indiana.

While the pesticide used for mosquito control is an EPA-approved, low-volume concentration that is considered safe for humans and pets, it is suggested that residents remain indoors, bring pets inside, and close windows and doors while spraying is occurring.

To sign up to receive mosquito spraying alerts, visit www.allencountyhealth.com or www.nixle.com.

West Nile Virus prevention measures

  • Check your property for breeding sites. Eliminate any sources of standing water. Clean out gutters and birdbaths. Dispose of tires. Properly maintain swimming pools and hot tubs.
  • Limit time spent outdoors during peak mosquito biting times.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothes, including long sleeves and pants.
  • Apply an insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535 to clothing and exposed skin.
Get mosquito spraying notifications by email and text message – register at www.nixle.com.

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