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Alexandria Health Department Issues Mosquito-borne Diseases Warning

The West Nile virus is active in the area and continues to be a threat, especially after last week’s storms. Alexandria Health Department has issued a warning about the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. The warning comes at a time when there is an increased amount of standing water around neighborhoods, damaged homes in the area allow mosquitoes indoors, and more local residents are spending time outside cleaning up debris and doing storm repairs.

While many people who get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile do not get sick, there is still a risk of getting meningitis or encephalitis. The Alexandria Health Department also wanted to remind residents that if you are over the age of 50, you may have an increased risk of complications from the West Nike virus and Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).

A birth of a bumper crop of mosquitoes is expected very soon after last week’s storm and the health department has several recommendations to avoid any mosquito-borne diseases.

Alexandria Responds to Aftermath of Storm

The city of Alexandria declared a local emergency yesterday in response to the harsh storms. Some of the top priorities late yesterday afternoon included clearing storm debris from the roads for easy access for emergency vehicles, and making sure residents stay in their homes and off the roads.

Alexandria will continue to respond to the severe storms that caused damage to property, fallen trees and power outages across the town. As of 6:30 a.m. this morning, Dominion Virginia Power reported that there were 10,600 power outages in Alexandria.

City crews have been working nonstop to remove debris from the roadways or public spaces; any debris on private property must be removed by the property owner. Dominion Power also continues to work around the clock to restore power to Alexandria homes. For school and government closures you can visit http://www.alexandriava.gov/Storm.