ALBUQUERQUE (KSMX)- Albuquerque and county officials announced, that mosquitoes in Bernalillo County tested positive for West Nile virus in the past week.
The mosquitoes were the first West Nile virus-positive insects identified in the county this year. Mark DiMenna, deputy director for the city’s Environmental Health Department, said the city collects and tests mosquitoes every week at more than 20 sites in Albuquerque.
The department also advises residents to go to the doctor if they show symptoms of West Nile virus, which include fever, nausea and muscle aches.
Mosquito populations have been high this spring and summer in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County because of increased runoff in the Rio Grande and regular rain.