Friday, March 1, 2024

Brunswick County: state lab retests mosquitoes, retracts West Nile warning

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — The North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health has retracted its West Nile warning for the Brunswick County area.

Last Friday, Sept. 8, Brunswick County officials warned residents the state lab had detected the West Nile virus in a pool of mosquitoes in the central part of the county. Though the tests had not been confirmed, Brunswick County “released the information to residents that same day,” out of “an abundance of caution,” according to a release.

The state lab has since performed confirmation tests showing no presence of the West Nile virus in samples taken in late August.

According to the release, “Brunswick County is thankful the virus is not present locally, citizens can always keep in mind measures to minimize exposure to mosquitoes during outside activities, especially during dusk and dawn.”

Brunswick County residents can contact Health Services 910-253-2250 for information about protective measures or Mosquito Control 910-253-2515 for information about mosquito control measures.

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