Tests show West Nile spreading in Lubbock mosquitoes

Local health experts are hoping to get the word out about West Nile virus faster than mosquitoes can spread it.

That's because lab tests on mosquito samples collected recently in North and Southeast Lubbock show three of the insects are positive for the virus.

The tests indicate the virus is spreading, said Steve Presley, an associate professor at Texas Tech, who has tracked the virus here since 2002.

Presley said while birds are the main source of West Nile, the virus is spread between them by certain species of mosquitoes.

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