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Mosquitoes at Langley Air Force Base test positive for West Nile virus

By AMY POULTER | The Virginian-Pilot | Published: August 22, 2018

HAMPTON (Tribune News Service) — Mosquitoes at Langley Air Force Base tested positive for West Nile virus on Tuesday.

According to a press release, mosquitoes that were collected from the base Monday were confirmed to be infected with the virus. Health officials said base officials are taking safety precautions.

“Here at Langley, we aggressively sample the mosquito population and test the results in order to be ready to take immediate action in case this situation arises,” U.S. Army Col. Edward Vedder, 633rd Air Base Wing Vice Commander, said in the release.

Aerial mosquito spraying on July 31, the release said, and another aerial spray will take place next week. Grounds sprays may be conducted if deemed necessary.

Base officials recommend residents use insect repellent and protect children from mosquito bites.

If a base resident is bitten by a mosquito and develops symptoms — such as headaches, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, fever or a rash — officials suggest seeking medical treatment.

"I ask for folks to use precautions, listen for further guidance on this issue and review the CDC information on West Nile," Vedder said in the statement. "If any resident suspects that they are infected, do not hesitate to get to a treatment facility.”

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