Latest mosquito tests show no West Nile virus

Moab Mosquito Abatement District Director Libby Nance has some encouraging news regarding mosquitoes and West Nile virus.

According to Grand County Clerk-Auditor Chris Baird, Nance trapped adult mosquitoes on July 15 and sent 12 samples consisting of nearly 1,100 adult mosquitoes to the testing laboratory in Salt Lake City on July 17. Two days later, the lab reported to Nance that none of the mosquitoes carried West Nile, western equine encephalitis or St. Louis encephalitis.

Nance, said Baird, cautioned that this doesn’t mean the danger has passed. “While this is good news, especially for the Westwood Avenue trap, this does not mean that WNV has been eliminated from the flying population – it simply means that of the samples tested, none tested positive.”

Nance set out five more traps Monday evening, July 22, at Portal-RV, the Higgins fire road, Westwood Avenue and two neighborhoods where fogging has not occurred in order to determine “mosquito pressure,” also as it applies to the Steenville neighborhood and Park Avenue.

Nance said residents should continue to “do their utmost to protect themselves and their children by wearing shirts with long sleeves, pants and applying an EPA-approved repellent.”