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Adams County Sanitarian/'Environmental Director Terry Smith said Monday that his department has been notified by Bryan Price, Senior Medical Entomologist from the Indiana State Department of Health, that the first positive pool in Indiana of Culex mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus was confirmed in a sample that was discovered in Decatur.
The sample, Smith was informed, was submitted by Joe Avalos, vector control technician, from the Decatur Street Department. According to Price, it is highly unusual that a positive pool would be found this far north and at this early in the season.
The location of the sample was the compost pile, north of Riverside Center.
Avalos has been treating known areas of mosquito breeding for several weeks and may step up efforts in the near future. Smith said.
Further details in today's print and e-editions.