Mosquitoes collected in a trap recently during a routine surveillance of mosquitoes on the Fort Hall Reservation have tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) by the Fort Hall Reservation’s Mosquito Abatement Program, operated by Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), LLC.
According to Agricultural Resource Management (ARM) Program Manager, Matthew Broncho, “Given the hot weather and relatively high populations of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, the detection of West Nile Virus (WNV) within the exterior boundaries of the Fort Hall Reservation and the surrounding counties has been expected, and we are prepared to deal with the situation accordingly. The early detection of WNV in mosquitoes is one of the primary reasons for our comprehensive mosquito surveillance and control program. We set mosquito traps throughout the Fort Hall Reservation every week in order to test for West Nile virus and to determine which control activities need to be undertaken in what areas.”
In response to this finding VDCI, LLC has increased the number of mosquito traps, larval control/treatment activities, and spraying for adult mosquitoes in the area by truck. They say the quick response to the current situation should interrupt the infection cycle within the mosquito population. VDCI, LLC will continue surveillance and treatment in the Fort Hall area in order to protect residences from WNV.
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ARM program has stepped up surveillance in the wetland “bottoms” area looking for obvious signs of WNV in dead or sick small animals such as magpies, crows, starlings, squirrels, and/or horses and no signs were found to-date. In order to reduce mosquito larvae in the area irrigation water flow in canals and ditches have been reduced. The Tribes have notified residences within identified areas of WNV and shall provide residences within the identified area with resources to help protect themselves from mosquitoes and West Nile Virus.
If you have any questions regarding this incident, please contact the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ARM Program at 208-478-3878.
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