Regional Briefing

Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile in D.C.; Woman's Body Found in Anne Arundel Freezer; Activists Protest Iran Election

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Mosquitoes found in several stagnant pools of water in Southwest Washington have tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first time this year the virus has been detected in the District, health officials reported yesterday.

Health officials discovered the virus after samples were taken from three mosquito pools on the grounds of Fort McNair. No people have tested positive this year, the Department of Health said in a statement.

Health personnel plan to apply larvicide and distribute literature in the area surrounding Fort McNair and across the District while the city continues to monitor the spread of the virus.

Last year, six people and 62 mosquito pools tested positive for West Nile in the District.

Health officials urge people to take precautions, including using an insect repellant with DEET, maintaining swimming pools and overturning plastic wading pools, wheelbarrows and other containers where water collects when not in use.

-- Martin Richard


Marchers Protest Disputed Iran Elections

A few hundred people opposing the disputed elections in Iran marched in front of the White House yesterday, calling for world leaders to take harsher action against the Middle Eastern country as a result of the violence that has ensued since the elections.

The protesters, holding Iranian flags, marched from First Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue to Lafayette Square. They chanted "Down with Khameni, down with Ahmadinejad," referring to the country's top religious leader, Ayatollah Khameni, and president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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