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West Nile Confirmed in Lubbock

For the first time this summer, mosquitos in Lubbock County have tested positive for West Nile. Texas Tech Health Sciences confirms the virus in dead mosquitos in West Lubbock.

The Texas Tech Health Sciences Center sets up mosquito traps around the Texas Tech Equestrian Center and across the city so they can take insect samples. Researchers now confirm that several mosquitos trapped at the center were carrying the West Nile Virus, but Dr. Kim Guay says since their horses are vaccinated, her concern lies with those riding the horses.

"It's more of a concern to me for the humans," Guay said. "We put up flyers in the area to encourage people to long sleeves and spray off on them frequently."

The Equestrian Center vaccinates the horses twice a year and sprays them down with insect repellent every day. They also keep the water troughs clean and drain any standing rain water to minimize mosquito breeding grounds. Guay says they keep off in every building to protect themselves.

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