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Mosquitoes carrying West Nile detected in EBR

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BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile on the west side of East Baton Rouge Parish, according to parish mosquito abatement officials.

However, they're telling people not to panic because it's nothing compared to last year. Only seven cases of West Nile have been reported so far this year, compared to 59 by this time last year.

Abatement experts say they found the pool of infected pests on Samuels Rd. near Zachary.

"We think we're going to have a slow year in terms of human cases, but this virus is still surprising everybody throughout the country," said Randy Vaete with EBR Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control.

Weather permitting, the abatement plans to fly over the affected area and spray it tonight.



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