UPDATE: West Nile Detected in Mosquitoes in Barboursville

By: The Associated Press, Amanda Barren Email
By: The Associated Press, Amanda Barren Email

UPDATE 7/24/13 @ 6:51 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- If you've noticed the bugs are bad this year, you aren't alone.

All of the rain is providing a perfect breeding ground for the creatures.

One tablespoon of water left standing for several days can be a place for thousands of mosquitoes.

If you are bitten by a mosquito that is infected, chances are you won't even know you have the virus. If you do have any of the symptoms, they will be flu-like and mild.

Environmental health director Stan Mills says the chances of dying from West Nile Virus in West Virginia are slim.

On average one person a year has died. There have been no reported human cases in West Virginia this year.

Click on the link below to learn more about preventing the spread of West Nile Virus.



ORIGINAL STORY
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- The Cabell-Huntington Health Department says the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Barboursville.

Environmental health director Stan Mills says a pool of mosquitoes around a lake in Barboursville tested positive for the virus. He expects additional testing to find more infected mosquitoes in the coming weeks.

Health department director Dr. Harry Tweel says the mosquito-borne disease's symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a body rash.

Earlier this month, mosquitoes infected with West Nile were detected in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

No human cases have been reported in West Virginia.


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