JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - Adult mosquitoes from Jefferson County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Health Department, but funding restrictions could limit mosquito control efforts.
Four collections of adult mosquitoes have tested positive in the country so far this year. The health department said in a news release that it has taken steps to ensure that mosquito control will be conducted this week in affected areas, but added that reduced program funding will limit control efforts to targeting areas with mosquito-borne disease activity.
"Testing of adult mosquitoes is more restricted due to funding limitations," Steve Crawford, mosquito program coordinator for the Jefferson County Health Department, said in a news release. "These limitations may prevent the health department from identifying mosquitoes that may be carrying the virus in some areas."
The Health Department says you should remove standing water sources such as waste tires, cans, buckets or other containers that hold the water in which mosquitoes breed. In addition, the department says decorative ponds should be stocked with gold fish or should have a fountain to move and filter water.
"The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate or treat the water that they use as breeding sources," Crawford said.
To report a mosquito breeding source, to be placed on the adult mosquito control spray list or for more information contact the Jefferson County Health Department Environmental Sections Section at 636-797-3737 ext. 3.