West Nile Virus tested positive in West Springfield

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Hancock Public Health sprayed for mosquitoes Wednesday evening and will spray again before the Heritage Day Festival in the village on August 19, Mayor Cynthia Morrison said.

Nineteen new mosquito samples in Suffolk County have tested positive for West Nile virus, county health officials said Friday.

The season's first positive specimen of West Nile virus in Grand Rapids was discovered on the city's South East side on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

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Eight people have tested positive for West Nile in Nebraska so far this year, and the West Nile virus has been found in the blood of eight blood donors, according to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services. The spraying will begin at dusk, weather permitting, and be administered from one of the county's West Nile program trucks.

West Nile virus, which was first detected in birds and mosquito samples in Suffolk County in 1999 and annually since, is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Eastern equine encephalitis, meanwhile, was recently detected from a sentinel chicken in southwestern New Castle County. Activities include trapping and identifying mosquitoes, treating neglected swimming pools, and reporting and testing dead birds. Wear gloves and place the dead bird or squirrel in a double plastic bag if you dispose of it yourself.

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