West Nile Virus has been detected in the Broussard area. Lafayette Consolidated Government emergency operations and security coordinator Mike Mouton reports a dead blue jay found on the 400 block of South Eola Road in Broussard has tested positive for the Virus.

Residents should be aware mosquitoes within a one-mile radius may be carriers of the disease. Only one human case of West Nile has been reported in Louisiana this year. A case was reported in Caldwell Parish on July 22nd.

Public health officials are stressing the importance of taking  precautions to avoid being bitten.