Mosquito spraying to start in South Knoxville

Mosquito spraying to start in South Knoxville

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A map of the areas that will be targeted for spraying. (Source: Knox Co. Health Dept.) A map of the areas that will be targeted for spraying. (Source: Knox Co. Health Dept.)

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County health officials will begin spraying for mosquitos in South Knoxville this week to combat the West Nile Virus.

The area includes Arthur Harmon Road, Crossfield Drive, Konda Drive, Karla Drive, Kimberlin Heights Road and Twin Leaf Lane.

The spraying will take place on Thursday, June 13 from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Residents are asked to stay indoors during the treatment and keep pets inside or in the backyard.

Knox County health officials said a weekly lab report confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a sample of mosquitos taken from the Chapman Highway area.

"We have ten traps throughout Knox County and Knoxville that we collect two days per week," said Environmental Health Director Ronnie Nease.

It's the first positive test for WNV this year.

"This is a little on the early side for us," said Nease. "Usually we see it a little early and then it goes away and then comes back the end of July and in late August."

No human cases have been reported.

For more information on how to protect you and your family from the West Nile virus you can call (865) 215-5200 or go to www.knoxcounty.org/health.

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