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West Nile virus detected in Barboursville

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Nothing could stop this gang from fishing. Not even the West Nile virus.

"You can't be scared of mosquitoes, you can't be scared of bees, terrorists,anything," said Clarence Martin, who took his grandson fishing at Barboursville City Park. "I'm gonna live my life."

A pool of mosquitoes at the park's lake tested positive for West Nile virus, according to Stan Mills, the environmental health director with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

Mills said it's likely the virus will spread to other mosquitoes in the nearby future. Mosquitoes, who only fly at distances of 100 yards, can only transmit the virus to birds and humans.

No human cases have been reported at this time.

Despite the buzzing, Martin said he was determined to enjoy his day at the lake.

"I spray my grandson and say, 'Okay, here we go, we're here to have fun.'"

Mills said county workers trap mosquitoes at least three days per week, based on complaints. One effective trap uses larvae to bait female mosquitoes into a container. Employees then test the insects for disease.

"I think the test would show positive for one mosquito," Mills said. "But there could have been several mosquitoes in there."

Mills said the Huntington area could see more mosquitos than usual this year; heavy rains and clogged storm drains left pools of standing water across the region earlier this week.

He recommends people use bug repellant and stay indoors during dawn and dusk, which is prime time for mosquitos to emerge.

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ORIGINAL:

A mosquito tested positive for the West Nile virus in Barboursville, according to Stan Mills, the environmental health director with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

Mills said the case was detected near a lake at Barboursville Park and it's possible the virus will spread to other insects by the end of the summer.

No human cases have been detected at this time, according to Mills.