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Tavasci mosquitoes test positive for West Nile
Written by Jeff Wood   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:00

The Yavapai County Community Health Services has issued an advisory regarding mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus.

An environmental Health Specialist for Yavapai County Community Health Services holds a vial possibly containing West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes caught in a trap in 2005. This year, YCCHS found the virus during weekly checks of the DNA of mosquitoes caught in traps in the Tavasci Marsh area near Cottonwood.The county health department found the virus during its weekly checks of the DNA of mosquitoes caught in traps in the Tavasci Marsh area.

While it is not unusual to find mosquitoes in the area carrying the virus, it does come earlier in the year than usual.

Yavapai County Community Health Services Public Information Officer David McAtee said the appearance of the virus is not cause for alarm, but caution is still recommended.

The virus, which mosquitoes spread to humans from infected birds, has an incubation period of three to 14 days.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 23, edition of the Cottonwood Journal Extra.


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