EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSOfficials Confirm Barboursville Pool Tests Positive For West Nile
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Reported by: Dave Benton
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 1:09 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 24, 2013 6:17 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A pool of mosquitoes has tested positive for the West Nile virus in Cabell County.
The pool of mosquitoes was found in the Barboursville area.
Eyewitness News spoke with Stan Mills, the Cabell County Health Department's director of Environmental Health, who said his team found one positive pool around the lake at Barboursville Park. The mosquitoes were sent to the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services for viral testings. Mills said, "It's really not a panic thing. We know every year, West Nile Virus is not effective in transferring to people, they're more apt to transfer to birds."
While bug sprays with deet can help keep mosquitoes off of you, Mills says the best thing people can do is look on their property to see if they have standing water like rain barrels, flower pots, dog dishes, gutters or anything that can collect a little bit of water can breed mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes season continues through the fall. Mills says it is rare for someone to get bitten by a mosquito with West Nile, but it does happen.
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