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By Erin Beck/Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department sent out mosquito bite prevention tips on Monday, after testing found mosquitoes were carrying the West Nile virus and La Crosse virus in Kanawha County.

Patients present with West Nile virus each year in Kanawha County, according to John Law, spokesman for the health department.

But La Crosse virus is “kind of a different animal” that the health department sees “on occasion,” according to Stanley Mills, director of environmental services.

Along with four interns, Mills set mosquito traps in Kanawha and Putnam counties throughout the summer.

The health department found, and DHHR’s Office of Laboratory Services confirmed, that some tested positive for West Nile and La Crosse viruses, according to a news release sent Monday…

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