St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

LaPlace Responds to West Nile Sting

LaPlace Responds to West Nile Sting

No additional detections discovered after response efforts

Lobservateur// Stephen Hemelt

LAPLACE — The West Nile virus was not detected during follow-up trapping and testing this week in LaPlace after an initial positive mosquito case led to increased spraying locally, officials said.

Authorities said a positive mosquito was trapped south of Airline Highway on the west side of Old LaPlace.

Mosquito Control Services Chief Biologist Sam Stines said Louisiana’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry does not allow his office to release the street the infected mosquito was discovered on. A release from St. John the Baptist Parish Government also did not indicate the location of the infected mosquito.

Parish leaders said residents in the immediate area within a one- to five-city block radius of the sampling site received information regarding the heightened potential for encephalitis infection in the neighborhood, along with recommendations for personal protection and yard sanitation.

Stines, who contracts for parish spraying through St. John Mosquito Control, said response this week was coordinated and thorough.