CANYON COUNTY – Mosquitoes collected on July 14 northeast of Caldwell have been discovered to have West Nile Virus, because of a brand new approach.
“These mosquitoes had been trapped utilizing a gravid lure, a method delivered to Canyon County by our new District Entomologist Chris Ocegueda,” mentioned Jim Lunders, Director Canyon County Mosquito Abatement District.
The gravid lure makes use of alfalfa and yeast infused to water to draw feminine mosquitoes, on the lookout for a spot to put eggs. Because the mosquitoes have already got a blood meal, there’s a increased probability of them testing optimistic than different trapping strategies.
The abatement district additionally added BG Sentinentel Traps to the Districts trapping program to enhance the 120 dry ice baited EVS Traps. The EVS Traps are routinely positioned all through Canyon County. To date, the district has examined 374 swimming pools this season for West Nile.
“Most individuals who turn into contaminated with West Nile virus don’t turn into sick. Some could develop gentle flu-like signs reminiscent of fever, headache, physique aches, and infrequently swollen lymph glands or rash,” mentioned Jaime Aanensen, Environmental and Community Health Services Division Administrator for Southwest District Health. “Individuals with extreme or uncommon complications ought to search medical care as quickly as doable.”
The space the place the mosquitoes had been collected has been handled for each larval and grownup stage mosquitoes. Staff will improve surveillance and management measures inside the district in response to the elevated public well being risk, in response to a press launch from the abatement district.