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Aug 27, 2013 10:21 PM by Mike Manzoni -- mmanzoni@kristv.com

Amidst First Case, City Continues To Test For West Nile

CORPUS CHRISTI -- After pubic health officials announced the first human case of West Nile Virus in Nueces County Tuesday evening, the city's insect control department said most of the mosquitoes it's seeing do not carry the disease.

Officials said that the recent rainfall has caused a lot of pest mosquitoes, which are typically found in marsh areas, to reproduce rapidly, but added those mosquitoes do not transmit the West Nile Virus.

The woman, who has since been released from the hospital and is expected to be okay, could have contracted the virus while traveling outside the county. Health officials said the woman, who is between 20 and 30, was ill for about two weeks.

"Everybody just got rained on yesterday and today. dump out the water in your containers," said Tony Pantoja of Vector Control. "Even though you just let it sit there the mosquitoes will lay their eggs in there and they'll be hatching out in about a week or two."

Pantoja said the city has been testing mosquitoes since May and sends traps to Austin for analysis on a weekly basis. The results from the traps the city collected Tuesday are due in mid-September.

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