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Health officials detect West Nile Virus in mosquitoes at 2 sites in Kanawha County


CHARLESTON, West Virginia — West Virginia's top health officer says the West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Kanawha County.

Bureau for Public Health executive director Dr. Rahal Gupta says no humans have tested positive for the virus.

Gupta says the virus was detected in mosquitoes in two different parts of the county. He says hundreds of mosquito traps are monitored statewide.

Gupta advises residents to remove standing water in tires, pots, unused swimming pools and other areas that can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. He also urges residents heading into wooded areas to use insect repellants and wear protective clothing such as hats and long sleeves.

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