West Nile virus detected

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - Mosquitoes in Henrico have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

The county mailed out warning letters to some people who live in neighborhoods just off Staples Mill Road and Hungary Spring Road.

County engineer, Randy Buchanan says it's a no-brainer to keep them away.

"You know it's crazy when we see people spraying their yards for mosquitoes and they've got corrugated pipes in their down spouts," said Buchanan.

The dry spell may be over, but it's more important than ever now to keep things dry around your house. It just takes the amount of two tablespoons of standing water for mosquitoes to breed hundreds in a season.

Buchanan says Henrico is the only Central Virginia County to test for West Nile Virus each year.

"This is the lowest year for West Nile Virus positive mosquito pools we've had so far and that's a phenomenal thing," he said.

The county's proactive approach may be paying off, but people are still being warned. About 1500 letters went out. The letter warned of not only West Nile Virus carriers, but of the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes.

"Asian Tiger Mosquito has evolved to breeding things around our home and take blood meals from us our kids and our pets," he said.

Buchanan recommends going through your yard once a week and emptying out all standing water. It just takes a week for an egg to fully develop into a biting mosquito.

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