City of Alexandria, VA
Health Department Reports First Positive Test for West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes for 2011
Due to the increased risk of West Nile virus transmission, public health officials are advising City residents to eliminate standing water and to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Recent hot weather causes mosquitoes to develop into adults more rapidly, which can result in a marked increase in the mosquito population. Officials are concerned that other areas in the City may soon have mosquitoes with the virus and are advising all residents to eliminate standing water.
No human cases of West Nile virus disease have been reported in the City of Alexandria this year. Two human cases were reported last year.
For tips on preventing mosquitos from breeding, visit alexandriava.gov/MosquitoControl. For more information about WNV, please visit the following websites:
For additional questions or concerns regarding mosquitoes or mosquito-borne illness, contact Dr. Linda O’Connor, Medical Entomologist, Alexandria Health Department, at 703.746.4917.