West Nile Virus

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Health officials say mosquitoes collected in Tennessee's largest county have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The Shelby County Health Department said Tuesday that the virus was found in two south Memphis zip codes. Mosquitoes can transmit West Nile virus to humans through bites.

Crews are treating mosquito breeding sites with insecticides and setting traps to capture and kill the insects.

Standing water found in rain gutters, downspouts, buckets, tires and other receptacles can serve as breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  The Green River District Health Department has confirmed the presence of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile virus in Daviess County. Public Health Director Clay Horton said the virus has been present in the region since the early 2000’s. But this time of year, as birds migrate south, mosquitoes quit biting birds and shift their focus to people.