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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Lake Havasu City

Posted at 1:48 PM, Aug 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-01 16:50:19-04

LAKE HAVASU CITY (KTNV) — Officials in Mohave County report surveillance has verified mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus in Lake Havasu City, in the area of Body Beach.

The Mohave County Department of Public Health Environmental Health Division says it conducts routine mosquito surveillance throughout Mohave County. Culex species mosquitoes, which have the potential for carrying West Nile virus, are identified and tested.

As a safety precaution, MCEHD recommends that residents and visitors to Lake Havasu City avoid this vicinity of the beach/lake.

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Visitors can also reduce the risk of West Nile virus by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites during the active season. Outdoor activities should also be avoided at dawn and dusk.

The department of public health says it will continue to monitor and test mosquitoes throughout the season and update the public as more information becomes available.