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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JULY 18, 2020 MOSQUITOES IN LAKE COUNTY TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS LAKEPORT, Calif. – A sample of mosquitoes collected in Lake County tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV) this week. The mosquitoes, Culex tarsalis (western encephalitis mosquito), were collected near Middletown on July 14, 2020. “Detecting West Nile virus is typical for July in Lake County,” said Jamesina Scott, Ph.D., District Manager and Research Director of the Lake County Vector Control District. “Many of us are spending more time at home and in our yards this summer, and during the COVID-19 pandemic it’s easy to forget that West Nile virus is still here,” Scott said. “Thankfully, mosquitoes cannot transmit COVID-19.”


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