SNHD conducting mosquito fogging

LAS VEGAS - Southern Nevada Health District officials will conduct mosquito fogging in efforts of reducing the species population.

The Southern Nevada Health District’s Vector Control Program continues to identify Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes around Clark County. The agency will conduct a secondary mosquito control operation during the early morning hours of Saturday and will take place in the 89032 ZIP area code.

Health District officials continue to urge all communities to implement mosquito control measures.

The Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes were first discovered in the 89032 ZIP code area of Clark County on May 31, 2017. The agency responded by setting more than 350 mosquito traps throughout affected communities to better assess the extent of the population that provide mosquito breeding and bite prevention to residents.

“While we continue to identify Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes through our ongoing surveillance activities, none of the mosquitoes have tested positive for the Zika virus,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer for the Southern Nevada Health District. “As we continue our ongoing control efforts, we encourage the public to report mosquito activity to our office and to do their part to eliminate breeding sources around their homes.”

Unlike mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus and are most active at dawn and dusk, Aedes mosquitoes are more aggressive during the day, according to officials.

Mosquito activity can be reported to the Vector Surveillance Program at (702) 759-1633.

The Aedes mosquito is responsible for transmitting several diseases including dengue fever, chikungunya, and the Zika virus.

Officials will be fogging areas by the cross streets of Gowan Road and Decatur Blvd., and Craig Road and Valley Drive.

A truck with a spray-mounted fogger will be used to apply Duet, a product registered for mosquito control by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency comprised of active ingredients for mosquito control recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Residents do not need to take any special measures during the application.

Information about the Southern Nevada Health District on its website: www.SNHD.info


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