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Glenbrook mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

Kurt Hildebrand

Mosquitoes trapped at Glenbrook and the Carson Valley town of Centerville tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Douglas County Mosquito Control supervisor Ron Lynch.

Lynch said he collected the insects over the weekend and sent them to Reno for testing.

The state health department reported last week that two crows found dead in the valley also tested positive for the disease.

Lynch said he is spraying the Centerville area using ground vehicles and working with Washoe County to get a vehicle that can work in Glenbrook.

“The important thing is that we have a program in place that is working,” he said. “We don’t want people to panic, but they need to be aware there is a problem.”

West Nile virus is spread by mosquito bite and the best way to prevent it is to wear mosquito repellent.

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“People need to apply insect repellent using DEET or some other substance,” he said. “They need to wear long sleeves and pants with socks when mosquitoes are out in the evening and morning. They need to drain standing water from around dwellings and check screens on dwellings to make sure they fit properly.”

Lynch suggested horse owners have animals vaccinated or get booster shots.

An aircraft sprayed for mosquitoes near Mottsville on Wednesday.

Lynch encouraged people call him at 782-4642 for more information.

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