Cabell-Huntington Health Department finds West Nile Virus in mosquitoes
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) —
The Cabell-Huntington Health Department said several groups of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The health department made the announcement Friday in news release. There are no reported human cases at this time.
The health department's mosquito surveillance team traps them and sends them to the West Virginia Office of Laboratory Services for viral testing. West Nile virus was identified in several groups.
Health officials said some most individuals exposed to the virus may not have symptoms but it can cause fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or a body rash.
Health officials said to wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, use insect repellents, avoid peak mosquito hours and remove all standing water near your home to avoid exposure.
Only three cases of West Nile have been documented in West Virginia.