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Mosquito found at Greene County sewage plant tests positive for West Nile Virus

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Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 3:42 p.m.

A mosquito found at a Greene County sewage treatment plant earlier this month has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, authorities announced Friday.

The mosquito was collected Aug. 8 at the Rices Landing Sewage Treatment Plant and sent to a state lab for analysis, county officials said.

The state Department of Environmental Protection is applying larvacide at the plant and collecting additional mosquito samples within a 1-mile radius.

Residents are being asked to take steps to avoid insect bites and prevent breeding by eliminating standing water in discarded tires, roof gutters and bird baths.

There are no medications available to prevent or treat West Nile Virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. About 1 in 5 infected people develop a fever with other symptoms, according to the CDC. Fewer than 1 percent of those infected develop a potentially fatal neurologic illness.

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