West Nile Virus detected in BernCo mosquitoes

Created: 07/23/2014 6:22 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Urban Biology Division with the city has been checking known breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The tests from this past Thursday showed that West Nile Virus is back.

Our sampling from last week, we did detect the first positive mosquitoes in the county."

Dr. Paul Smith says the first West Nile infected mosquito is right on schedule, especially with the good rains recently.

The disease-carrying mosquitoes were detected in the South Valley, but other known hot-spots for the biting bugs are at Mariposa Park in Taylor Ranch, Sunset and Central, and I-40 near Gabaldon. Almost all near the Rio Grande.

Then there's the problem in your own back yard, such as abandoned pools, flower pots, pet dishes, buckets, and things that hold rain water.

"All of those can serve as breeding habitats for mosquitoes," Dr. Smith said.

Earlier in July, we shared the story of Albuquerque resident Abelicio Molina. He got a severe case of West Nile late last year, which affected his ability to walk and see.

There haven't been any confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans so far this season. The city is trying to keep it that way by monitoring and spraying.

If you would like to report standing water or mosquito problems, call the city to schedule an appointment for a spraying. The number is 3-1-1.

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