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West Nile virus detected at Fairchild AFB

Aug. 9, 2013 - 08:50AM   |  
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SPOKANE, WASH. — A mosquito caught at Fairchild Air Force Base has tested positive for West Nile virus.

Tech Sgt. Mary Anne Viloria told KREM that areas on the base with standing water will be sprayed to control the mosquitoes.

The Washington state Health Department says West Nile virus has been detected in five mosquito samples this year in the state. The department says no people have acquired the disease in Washington, but one resident was infected out of state.

Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms; some may have flu-like symptoms. The virus can be serious in less than 1 percent of the people bitten.

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