First West Nile Virus in Tazewell County This Year

Published 08/07 2014 06:43PM

Updated 08/07 2014 11:01PM

The first West Nile virus has been confirmed in a mosquito batch this year. The Tazewell County Health Department announced the finding Thursday. Authorities say this is the portion of the summer when West Nile will be at its peak. Health officials urge everyone to protect themselves by wearing insect repellent and taking other precautions. West Nile is transmitted to humans through a mosquito which picked up the virus from feeding on an infected bird. Health officials remind residents of the three Rs, reduce, repel and report.

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