West Nile Virus found in Powell, Knox County to begin spraying

(AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knox County Health Department announced that a lab report confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in Powell.

The Culex mosquitoes with the virus were found near West Emory Road. The county will spray in the area on Thursday between 9 p.m. and midnight to help reduce the mosquito population. There will be another spraying the area on October 20. There will be signs in neighborhoods where infected mosquitoes were detected.

Residents are asked to stay inside, and to keep pets inside or in the backyard during spraying.

Knox County has suggestions for residents to prevent mosquito bites:

  • Apply repellents to skin often; these can include lotions, liquids or sprays. The CDC recommends the use of repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane 3, 8-diol, and IR3535. The duration of protection varies by repellent; read labels on products to determine when reapplications are necessary for optimal protection.
  • Wear long, loose and light-colored shirts and pants and wear socks.
  • Treat clothing with permethrin or purchase pre-treated permethrin clothing.
  • Dispose of, regularly empty, or turn over any water holding containers on your property such as tires, cans, flower pots, children’s toys or trash cans.
  • To prevent breeding in large water-holding devices, including bird baths or garden pools, use larvicides such as mosquito torpedoes or mosquito dunks. If used properly, larvicides will not harm animals.

The following neighborhoods will be sprayed:

West Emory Road (October 6)

Country Run Circle; Country Walk Drive; Sevilla Road; Mayview Drive; Madora Drive; Overton Lane; Verton Drive; Top Hat Way; Morton View Lane; Belinda Road; Betenia Road; Granville Conner Road; Windwood Drive; Windgate Court; Bellwether Way; Shady Lane; Helen Drive; Collier Road (from West Emory Road to Helen Drive); Gill Road; Bryant Terrace; Tabeel Terrace Lane; Gill Lane; Galaxy Way; Fersner Road; John Road; Sharp Road (from West Emory Road to Emerald Forest Lane); Emerald Forest Lane; Spring Street; Wells Drive; Levy Drive; Ewing Road (from Spring Street to Driftwood Drive); Brickyard Road (from Levy Drive to Powell Drive); and Commerce Road will be treated Thursday, Oct. 6 between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting. This area is scheduled for follow-up spraying on Oct. 20.

Fairmont Boulevard (October 13)

Mineral Springs Avenue from Walker Boulevard to Whittle Springs Road; Walker Boulevard from Mineral Springs Avenue to Powers Street; Montclair Avenue; Underwood Place; White Oak Lane; Valley View Drive from Whittle Springs Road to White Oak Lane; McCampbell Avenue; Upland Avenue; Tecoma Drive; Arbor Place; Maxwell Street; Emoriland Boulevard east of Kuhlman Street; Fairmont Boulevard from Kuhlman Street to Maxwell Street; Avondale from Whittle Springs to Maxwell Street; Boright Place; Boright Drive from Whittle Springs Road to Maxwell Street; McNutt Street; Brunswick Street; Whitney Place; Forestdale Avenue from Whittle Springs Road to Maxwell Street; Edgewood Avenue from Barton Street to Maxwell Street; Barton Street from Edgewood to Fairmont; Albert Avenue from Barton Street to Fairview Street; Nickerson Avenue from Barton Street to Bellevue Street; Fairview Street from Nickerson Avenue to Edgewood Avenue; Clearview Street; Orlando Street; Bellevue Street; Derieux Drive; Seymour Avenue; Sandra Avenue; Shaw Drive; Fontana Street; Fairwood Avenue; Powers Street; and Miami Street will be treated Thursday, Oct. 13, between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting. This is a follow-up treatment.

Fourth Avenue (October 13)

Cooper Street north of West Fifth Avenue; West Fifth Avenue from Cooper Street to Boyd Street; West Fourth Avenue; Elm Street; Marion Street; Dameron Avenue; Hatton Avenue; Burgess Avenue; Baxter Avenue from Elm Street to Wray Street; Lee Street; and Bernard Avenue will be treated on Thursday, Oct. 13, between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting. This is a follow-up treatment.

Milligan Street (October 18)

Summit Avenue; Turner Street; Mundy Street; Nichols Avenue; North Harrison Street; Washington Avenue east of Cherry Street; Jefferson Avenue east of Cherry Street; Woodbine Avenue east of Cherry Street; East Fifth Avenue east of Cherry Street; Milligan Street north of East Magnolia Avenue; North Hembree Street north of East Magnolia Avenue; North Elmwood Street; North Castle Street north of Cherry Street; North Mary Street north of Magnolia Avenue; North Beaman Street north of Magnolia Avenue; Manor Drive; Crawford Avenue; Lakeside Street north of  East Magnolia Avenue; Hampton Avenue; Kirkwood Street north of East Magnolia Avenue; American Avenue; and Knoxville Zoo Drive will be treated Tuesday, Oct. 18, between 9 p.m. and midnight, weather permitting. This is a follow-up treatment.

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