More mosquitos detected carrying West Nile Virus in Cache Valley

In addition to several other communities in Cache Valley, Logan City has now reported evidence of mosquitos carrying the West Nile Virus. The Utah State Public Health Laboratory informed the Logan City Abatement District that one recent mosquito sample tested positive for the virus in the area of 1700 North 1200 West.

The other communities reporting positive test results are on the west side of Cache Valley. Multiple mosquito abatement districts throughout the county have stepped up their efforts eliminate mosquitos.

According to Rex Davis, with Logan City Forestry and Mosquito Abatement, efforts to continue abatement and surveillance will continue throughout the city by killing or removing mosquito larva before they reach adult mosquitos, and by fogging, which kills adult mosquitos. Fogging occurs at night when the mosquitos that carry the virus are most active.

In addition, the Bear River Health Department has issued the following recommendations to protect yourself and your family from the disease-carrying mosquitos:

<ul><li>The Use of mosquito repellent with DEET, Permethrin, Picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to package directions.</li><li>Drain standing water in yards. Old tires that collect water inside serve as incubators for mosquito larva. Other examples could include potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.</li><li>Wear long sleeves and pants between dusk and dawn.</li><li>Keep roof gutters clear of debris.</li><li>Make sure screen doors and window screens are in good condition so that mosquitoes cannot get indoors.</li><li>Keep weeds and tall grass cut short. Adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours. </li></ul>

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