VB sees increase in positive West Nile Virus samples

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – The city of Virginia Beach is seeing more mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) than usual.

The Virginia Beach Public Works lab detected 22 positive samples of WNV this season. Another 12 mosquito and sentinel chicken samples came back positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

Normally, during an entire mosquito season, they see seven for WNV and five for EEE.

With the recent spike in temperatures, lab officials say the mosquito season continues to thrive, and will continue for about six to eight more weeks.

“We’ve had a fairly mild summer in terms of temperature, so I think the recent spike in temperatures has caused a lot of this increase,” said Dreda Symonds with the Mosquito Control Biology lab.

The city has increased day time and night time spraying by about 20 percent.

Officials say WNV mosquitoes are most active at night, so anyone outside during night time hours should use mosquito repellent.

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