The West Nile Virus has reared its head once again, say Alexandria Health Department officials, although no human infections have yet been reported.

According to a city statement:

“Mosquito collections in the 4200 block of Eisenhower Avenue, the Cameron Knoll community, and Angel Park in the City of Alexandria have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, marking the first reported activity of the virus in the city for the 2010 season. ”

The city health department recommends residents take the following actions:

To eliminate mosquito breeding:

· Empty birdbaths and other water-holding containers, such as trays under flowerpots, at least once a week.
· Properly dispose of used tires.
· Clean roof gutters and downspouts. Check corrugated black drainpipes for any water collection.
· Turn over wading pools, wheelbarrows, canoes, pails, trash can lids, children’s toys, and any other objects that can hold water, including items stored under decks and porches.
· Repair dripping outdoor water faucets.
· Drain water from tarps and grill covers.

To avoid mosquito bites:

· Avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk in mosquito-infested areas like marshes and wetlands.
· Use insect repellents, such as DEET, Picardin, or Oil of Lemon eucalyptus, as per label directions.
· Wear loose, long and light-colored clothing when outdoors.
· Check window and door screens for holes and repair, if necessary, with a fine-mesh screen.