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West Nile Virus Notification

The Benton County Mosquito Control District (BCMC or the District) has confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus (WNV) in a sample of mosquitoes collected and tested by BCMC.  The District routingly sets traps for the purpose of collecting adult, flying mosquitoes, so that it can monitor mosquito populations and test for the presence of mosquito-borne illness, like WNV.  The link to the following map, does not show the exact location of where the trap was placed but rather colors the entire section red. A section is 1 square mile in size.  If a section is not red in color this does not necessarily mean that there are not any infected mosquitoes in that area.  The District cannot trap all locations and it is in the best interest of everyone to assume an area may have WNV if there are mosquitoes.  Avoidance of mosquitoes and/or an EPA approved active ingredient, in an insect repellent, is your best defense against mosquitoes and infection.