West Nile Virus found in Auburn

Auburn University says you shouldn't be alarmed, but West Nile infected mosquitoes have been found on campus. The university has been conducting tests for the mosquitoes since May. So far, six collections of mosquitoes have tested positive.

The mosquito surveillance was conducted primarily along the south side of the Auburn campus, along South Donahue, near the Wire Road-Shug Jordan Parkway intersection and at the AU Horse Unit on Wire Road, across from AU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Auburn professor Gary Mullen's advice for area residents, incoming students and campus visitors to take appropriate precautions to avoid, or minimize, mosquito bites, such as wearing insect repellent that contains DEET; wearing long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors; and avoiding outdoor activities in the pre-dawn and early evening hours. Residents should take steps to mosquito-proof their homes and property, such as by installing or repairing screens and eliminating standing water, where mosquitoes breed.