City treats area found to have West Nile virus

5:30 PM, Aug 19, 2013   |    comments
West Nile virus has become the summer scourge across the country and the state where on Thursday an 87-year-old Kent County woman became its fifth fatality.
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The area where the Kent County Health Department found mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus has been "disrupted".

Officials with the Health Department notified the City of Grand Rapids and the public on Friday that preliminary testing showed mosquitoes in the area were carrying the West Nile virus.  Over the weekend, the city sent out five crews to catch basins within one mile of the test area to apply larvicide to kill the pests and their offspring.

"Grand Rapids proactively addressed this issue once notified of the positive results," said Mike Lunn, Environmental
Services Department Manager for the City of Grand Rapids in a press release.

Adam London, Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department said in the release that "our hope is that by sharing this information with area municipalities, we can prevent mosquitoes from spreading the illness caused by West Nile virus."

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