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Mosquito test from Lake Mary is positive for West Nile virus | local



Mosquitoes found south of Lake Mary Road in Flagstaff tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Coconino County Health and Human Services.

This is the first case in the county this year, but officials warn that the virus may be

County staff have used a non-toxic larvicide in water bodies near the source of these mosquitoes and other counties in the county and will continue to catch and test mosquitoes throughout the region until colder weather arrives.

The county has no known human cases since two were reported in 201

0. There is no specific treatment for the virus in humans other than supportive treatment; Vaccines for horses are available, but not for humans.

Insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil and IR3535 can provide reasonably long lasting protection.

To prevent mosquito bites, stay indoors during dusk and dawn – when those insects are most active – or wear clothes covering your skin when outside, use windows and doors screens and repair any holes in the screen, use an air-conditioner indoors and clean external objects that hold water (tires, buckets, planers, toys, pools, bird baths, pots or trash containers) once a week.

County officials advised residents to continue these measures until cold weather returns in the fall and mosquito activity declines.

For more information on the epidemic, see tomorrow's edition of the Arizona Daily Sun or call the Coconino County Health and Human Services Environment Office at 928-679-8750 or toll free 1-877-679-7272.


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