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Mosquito Testing Results

West Nile Virus PCR Mosquito Test Log

*The CDC Miniature Light Mosquito Trap is a battery-operated CO2-baited trap that allows collection of mosquito specimens for laboratory testing. The traps are set up one night a week in suitable mosquito trapping locations, baited with CO2 and collected as early as possible the next morning. The samples are then placed in coolers with sufficient cooling material to preserve any virus present and shipped to the North Dakota Public Health Laboratory for speciation and arbovirus testing. At the laboratory, the specified species are separated and placed in pools of no more than 50 mosquitoes. The pools are then tested using Real Time-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) for detection of West Nile Virus RNA.