Virginia Beach, Va. – Officials have detected eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) as well as West Nile Virus in parts of Virginia Beach, NewsChannel 3 has learned.
The Virginia Beach Public Works Mosquito Control biology lab has had four sentinel chickens test positive for exposure to eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), officials say.
The locations of the birds are two sites in Blackwater and one site on Indian River Road near Elbow Road.
The Mosquito Control Biology Lab has also been testing certain mosquitoes for West Nile Virus using Vector tests (field lab test). They have also found two samples positive for West Nile Virus. The two sites are the Pembroke area, and within a mile of Norfolk International Airport.
The summer season is officially over, but this time of year is historically when mosquito-borne disease activity peaks in Virginia Beach, officials say. Mosquitoes are still active and residents should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
Although most people will have mild or no symptoms if they contract these diseases, some individuals can become very ill and have long-term side effects.
Mosquito Control has increased its spraying program in these affected areas.
People who live in these areas or who spend a lot of time outdoors should take precautions to avoid mosquito bites, including:
• Try to minimize outdoor activity around dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active
• Wear long, loose, light colored clothing
• Use an appropriate insect repellant and follow label instructions.
• Get rid of any standing water on your property. This offers a prime breeding area for mosquitoes.
Property owners at the trapping sites have been contacted and advised, and lab officials will continue to consult with the other Mosquito Control districts throughout the Hampton Roads region.