JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. – Mosquito research confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in a copy that was collected on Monday, the base published.
Health officials have been informed and the base is actively taking steps to prevent infection.
Basic officials say that there are no known or suspected cases of the virus in humans or animals.
"Here in Langley, we take an aggressive sample of the mosquito population and test the results to be ready to take immediate action in case this situation occurs," said Colonel Edward Vedder, 633rd Air Base Wing Vice Commander.
Langley has an active mosquito prevention program and most recently performed air mosquito sprayers on July 31st. The 757th Airlift Squadron of Youngstown Ohio Air Reserve Base will return on August 28 for a new air spray application, officials said.
The base can carry out ground spraying based on the recommendation of public health officials. If so decided, information about the date, time and location will be distributed via the JBLE.af.mil website and the 633rd ABW social media platforms.
Basic officials advise residents to use insect repellent, to protect young children and to wear long sleeves and long pants to prevent mosquito bites.
If you are bitten by a mosquito and develop symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever or rash, you are advised to seek medical treatment.
"At the moment we only found infected mosquitoes in a small area on the base far away from townhouses, playgrounds and workplaces," says Vedder. "However, we are serious about any threat that could interfere with the missions that take place here at Langley, I ask people to use precautionary measures, listen for further guidance on this topic, and view the CDC information on West Nile. that they are infected, do not hesitate to go to a treatment center. "
For more information, please contact 633rd ABW Public Affairs at 764-5701 or e-mail [email protected]
More information about prevention and symptoms of West Nile virus is available on the CDC website.