City of Alexandria, VA
For Immediate Release: June 27, 2008
Help Beat the Bite—Join the Mosquito Fight!
Mosquitoes can be more than just a backyard nuisance. Some may carry West Nile Virus, a potentially serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Most mosquitoes do not pose a threat to public health because they are not infected with viruses or other pathogens. Less than one percent of people bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile virus will become ill. People most at risk for developing symptoms of the disease are those over age 50 and those with already compromised immune systems. All residents, however, should continue to take measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites.
This weekend, the Alexandria Health Department’s Vector-Borne Illness Prevention Program will be promoting mosquito control awareness at the City’s three Farmers’ Markets: on Saturday in Old Town (301 King St.) and Del Ray (the corner of East Oxford and Mount Vernon Avenues), and on Sunday in the West End (Ben Brenman Park, at 4800 Ben Brenman Drive). For more information on the Farmers’ Markets and hours of operation, visit alexandriava.gov/markets.
The Health Department encourages residents to be proactive in their efforts to eliminate areas of standing water and protect themselves against mosquito bites. The recent thunderstorms have created a number of standing water habitats that are prime areas for mosquito breeding.
Some common measures for eliminating mosquito breeding areas on your property and protecting yourself against mosquito bites are listed below.
Eliminating Mosquito Breeding Areas
Avoiding Mosquito Bites
To learn more about how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites around homes, or for additional information on mosquito control and prevention, visit www.alexandriava.gov/mosquitocontrol or call Holly Feltner or Tim McGonegal of the Alexandria Health Department’s Vector-Borne Illness Prevention Program, at (703) 838-4400, ext. 326 or 327.