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West Nile virus found
July 19, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Tests performed on mosquitoes collected from two pools of standing water near Minatare have come back positive for West Nile virus.
“Those mosquitoes were collected the week of July 4,” said Bill Wineman, Health Director for Scotts Bluff County. ‘We tested six sites across the county and those two came back positive.”
Wineman advised the public the West Nile virus is present again this year and circulating in the community.
August is the peak season for the Culex mosquito, which carried the disease. The Culex species is a permanent water breeder and will be the dominant mosquito for the rest of the summer.
“The number of mosquitoes has been quite low this year from what we normally see because of the drought,” Wineman said. “But they’re starting to increase because of irrigation and recent rains.”
People are urged to take the usual precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes, including long clothing, avoiding the peak times for mosquito activity and using mosquito repellant when needed.
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