West Nile Concerns Continue As Rain Falls

POSTED BY: News Department
Thursday, June 12, 2003 - 05:01 PM
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Rainy spring weather has caused concerns of the West Nile Virus to once again rise to the top of our minds. The potentially deadly virus mostly infects mosquitoes and birds. Concerned residents have been calling the Health Department demanding their area be sprayed to kill the infected mosquitoes. According to Mike Kirsch, the Environment Director with the Health Department, crews have been spraying for West Nile since early April of this year. The virus is weather related. Rain will promote prime breeding habitat for mosquitoes...and constant precipitation hinders crews from spraying to kill the infected mosquitoes. Kirsch says residents who suspect they have found a dead bird should call the Health Department. Only crows and blue jays are tested for the virus. A list of locations the Health Department has already sprayed for the West Nile can be found on their website.

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