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Davidson County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile

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GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. -

For the second time this year, mosquitoes trapped in Davidson County have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The infected insects were trapped in Goodlettsville, near the intersection of West Monticello Avenue and Gallatin Road.

The health department has been trapping mosquitoes in the area for years.

Homeowner Ricky Gillespie told Nashville's News 2 he allows the health department to set up a trap behind his Janette Avenue home.

"How are we going to get rid of them, you know? I don't know," Gillespie questioned.

The mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus were picked up in Gillespie's yard nearly two weeks ago.

"We'll increase trapping in the area to see if it's an unusual one time thing or if it's a greater number," said Metro Health Department spokesman Brian Todd.

This is the second time this year mosquitoes trapped in Davidson County have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

The first positive batch was trapped in north Nashville in early June

Health department officials are continuing to urge residents to use caution.

"These types of mosquitoes are more active at dusk and night time hours. So if you can avoid being outdoors at that time, that's something to consider," Todd said.

The first human case of West Nile virus appeared in a Cheatham County woman late last month.

Last week, the Centers for Disease and Control confirmed almost 2,000 cases of West Nile virus had been reported across the country.

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