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West Nile virus found in Virginia mosquitoes

A female Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to be a carrier of the Zika virus, in January at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Andre Penner / AP
A female Aedes aegypti mosquito, known to be a carrier of the Zika virus, in January at the Biomedical Sciences Institute of Sao Paulo University in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Andre Penner / AP (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) – Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were found in Virginia, NBC 12 reports.

The Department of Public Works sent out notices that Henrico County had trapped mosquitoes and found they tested positive for West Nile virus. 

The testing has been done every year, for more than a decade. The Engineering and Environmental Services Division routinely monitors mosquito populations, with the goal of helping residents keep themselves safe. If mosquitoes do test positive in certain areas, residents are notified.

Henrico County says the risk of getting West Nile virus is low. Small steps could protect you, like keeping your yard clean, taking the time to pour out standing water and using bug spray. 

The county plans to inspect roadside ditches and pipes in the county right away and says they will treat or get rid of standing water in those areas.

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