North Carolina Mosquito Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

North Carolina Mosquito Tests Positive For West Nile Virus

2:43pm Aug 13, 2019
In a file photo, dead mosquitos are lined up waiting to be sorted at the Dallas County mosquito lab in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Officials say a mosquito in North Carolina has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Citing a Monday statement by New Hanover County, news outlets report the virus was found in a mosquito trap in Wilmington. The county says spraying to control the insect population will begin this week.

County Health Director Phillip Tarte says there is no cure or vaccine for the mosquito-borne illness. West Nile doesn't impact most people who are infected. People who are impacted most often develop mild symptoms including fevers and body aches, though the virus can occasionally cause severe disease or even death.

Tarte recommends people prevent mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves, pants, insect repellant and limiting outside activity during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

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