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UPDATE: Kanawha County, WV mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus, health officials say

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UPDATE - Aug. 11, 7 p.m.: 

Among a sample of 500 mosquito pools taken throughout 15 West Virginia counties, only four mosquitoes, which were all in Kanawha County, tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Rahul Gupta advised residents to take normal precautions to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes in order to avoid contracting the virus.

"Make sure you empty all the puddles and accumulative water," Gupta said. "And wear covering from head to toe to make sure that you are protected against the sun well also being protected from insects  and using the appropriate insect repellent." 

Original Story:

State health officials in West Virginia have confirmed mosquitoes in the Mountain State are carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV).

Dr. Rahul Gupta, Executive Director of the Bureau for Public Health tells 13 News mosquitoes in West Virginia have tested positive for the virus.

Gupta says the virus is limited to the insects and that no people have tested positive for West Nile. 

Health officials say the mosquitoes were found in Kanawha County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. The CDC recommends reducing your risk of infection by using repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.

Presently, there are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent WNV infection. About 1 in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.

Most people with this type of West Nile virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

For more information on WNV, visit www.cdc.gov.

More information also available at www.dhhr.wv.gov.

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