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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Health officials have found more mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus in another Nashville neighborhood.

According to the Metro Health Department, the batch that tested positive was collected in the Bordeaux neighborhood near the intersection of Hydes Ferry and County Hospital roads.

Last week positive tests came from east Nashville, near McFerrin Avenue and Granada Avenue; Inglewood, near McGavock Pike and Fernwood Drive; and Bordeaux, near Hydes Ferry Road and Ashton Avenue.

This brings the total number to 27 batches of mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile in neighborhoods all across Nashville this summer.

Fortunately, there haven't been any human cases of the virus reported so far.

The Metro Public Health Department recommends taking the following steps to protect against biting mosquitoes, including:

  • Limit time outdoors at dusk and nighttime hours when mosquitoes are present.
  • If you must be outdoors, then wear a mosquito repellent that is approved for use by the CDC - those include products that contain DEET, Picaridin and Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
  • Wear shoes, socks, long sleeve shirts and pants when outdoors during dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most prevalent. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials to keep mosquitoes away from the skin. Pant legs should be tucked into shoes or socks, and collars should be buttoned.
  • Make sure your windows and doors have screens and are in good repair.

Health Department officials recommend taking steps to reduce mosquito breeding areas. This includes:

  • Reduce or eliminate all standing water in your yard - especially in children's toys, bird baths, clogged gutters, tires, flowerpots, trashcans and wheelbarrows.
  • Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with Gambusia fish.
  • Apply mosquito dunks in standing water areas on your property.
  • Cut back overgrown vegetation (mosquito hiding areas).

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