Moab City Police arrested Elizabeth “Libby” Lee Nance last week after she allegedly entered the office of her former employer, the Moab Mosquito Abatement District, from which she had been trespassed upon termination. She faces multiple charges, including a threat of violence against a police officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District in a rare Saturday meeting met in closed executive session for more than an hour to discuss the employment of Manager Libby Nance.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District Board will seek a tax increase after enduring a substantial struggle coping with one of Moab’s worst mosquito seasons in years, but just how much additional revenue the district will need is unknown – as is the question of whether the board will even exist in another year.
Moab Mosquito Abatement District Manager Libby Nance is warning residents to drain or dump standing water on their property due to the presence in Grand County of a new invasive mosquito known as Aedes aegypti, or the “yellow fever mosquito,” which can carry the Zika virus and yellow and dengue fever.
Two more Grand County residents were recently diagnosed with West Nile virus, according to Brittney Garff, the public information officer for the Southeast Utah Health Department.
The Moab Mosquito Abatement District said a Moab woman in her 50s has contracted the less severe form of West Nile virus. Manager Libby Nance in an email said the woman, who lives south of town, was diagnosed at a clinic in Moab, which was confirmed by the Utah Department of Health.
Following a report from The Times-Independent on Aug. 8 regarding tests on local mosquitoes that showed positive for West Nile virus, Moab Mosquito Abatement District Manager Libby Nance said that she would sue The T-I over what she said was “false” reporting that, she said, “defamed” her.
This week, the 33rd of the year, historically has the highest rate of reports for West Nile fever around the U.S. While the disease is typically reported throughout the summer, August tends to have the highest incidence of reports, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.
One sample of mosquito larvae out of seven that were collected Aug. 6 and tested for West Nile Virus has tested positive for the virus. That sample was believed to be from a vacant house on MiVida Drive.
Two more adult mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus, bringing the total over the past month to six that have been trapped and tested, according to Libby Nance, manager of the Moab Mosquito Abatement District.
A second positive test for West Nile virus was detected in another species of mosquito, compelling the Moab Mosquito Abatement District to resume chemical fogging Tuesday evening.
Moab Mosquito Abatement District Director Libby Nance has some encouraging news regarding mosquitoes and West Nile virus.