BY LEN WELLS

The Southern Seven Health Department has confirmed the first positive test for West Nile Virus this year. On June 23, Southern Seven Environmental Health staff collected the positive mosquitoes from a trap set in Golconda in Pope County. Prior to the Pope County discovery, the first positive mosquitoes were found in Cook County on June 6. Golconda is located along the Ohio River and is a popular boating and camping destination for area residents. 

“You can be outside, just take precautions to not get bit,” said Shawnna Rhine, Southern Seven Community Outreach Coordinator. “Doing things like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water, including emptying kiddie pools each day, can do a lot to keep mosquitoes from bothering you.”

West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of the common house mosquito...

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