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West Nile Virus Found in Huntington

Positive West Nile mosquito pools have been found in Huntington.

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TheCabell-HuntingtonHealth Department is urging residents inCabellCounty and the city of Huntington to take precautions when going outdoors for an extended period. According to the health department, mosquito surveillance has shown positive cases of West Nile virus in the area.

West Nile virus can produce symptoms like fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a body rash. The health department says that many people exposed to the virus don’t experience symptoms at all, but in other cases the symptoms can cause hospitalization.

The health department has monitored the virus in mosquito populations by trapping the mosquitoes and submitting them to the WV office of Laboratory Services for viral testing. 

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Clark Davis
West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Clark Davis can be heard throughout the week on West Virginia Morning at 7:30am during NPR's Morning Edition.