You probably don't need a map to tell you your backyard is full of mosquitoes, but here's how your zip code compared with others in 2013. Based on data from Shelby County Health Department, an average of 425,000 were caught in the county, and below you will find zip codes by density—the average of mosquitoes caught in a trap per night. SCHD wants to make it clear that just because your area is less dense than others, it doesn't mean you're less at risk at getting West Nile virus (WNV). Scroll down to read more.
How to use this interactive: Click on a highlighted area to learn information for that zip code. You can click on a point to learn if a trap tested positive or negative. WMC Action News 5 is working to add all zip codes in the Mid-South throughout the summer. Email email@example.com with questions.
When mosquitoes are sent to be tested for WNV, they are sent in groups that are collectively referred to as a mosquito pool. In general, a mosquito pool can consist of up to 50 mosquitoes depending on how many mosquitoes are collected in the trap. For a mosquito pool to test positive, there only needs to be one WNV-positive mosquito in the pool. For a trapping zone to be considered positive for a specific week there must be at least one WNV-positive pool from that zone. So far in 2014, only one person has been confirmed to have contracted West Nile virus.
So how can you protect yourself? Follow the guide below.
To date, positive tests pools have been confirmed in the several zip codes. Please consult WMCAN5's map for specifics.
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Citizens who do not want their residences to be sprayed should call 901-222-9715.