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4:28 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Infected mosquitos with West Nile virus found in Washoe County

Picture of mosquito from Wikipedia.
Picture of mosquito from Wikipedia.

Mosquitos infected with the West Nile virus have been found in Spanish Springs.

Jim Shaffer, who is with the Washoe County Health District, says mosquito trapping and testing have been ongoing all summer. As soon as mosquitos test positive for the virus, the district has to act fast.

“You don’t want mosquitos to bite people or transmit disease," Shaffer says. "So when they become an adult, they have both those capabilities and they’re moving.”

Shaffer says to reduce the infected mosquito population from migrating to other areas of the county, his team started fogging on Thursday morning.

There was only one person who tested positive for West Nile virus in Washoe County last year.