The Pinal County Division of Environmental Health has identified two mosquito samples from the Queen Creek and Johnson Ranch areas that have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
The samples were collected Aug. 3 and they bring the total number of positive mosquito samples collected this season to 10.
Weather permitting, the county will conduct mosquito fogging in Queen Creek and Johnson Ranch from midnight to 5 a.m., Aug. 7 through Aug. 9. The area near Queen Creek to be fogged encompasses Ocotillo Road to the north, Combs Road to the south, Kennedy Drive to the west and Kenworthy Road to the east. The area in Johnson Ranch set for fogging includes the Copper Basin Subdivision.
The pesticide that will be used during fogging is called Anvil 2+2. It is registered with the U.S. EPA and is effective against mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus. There are several things that residents can do to reduce exposure during fogging:
· Close all windows and doors. Air conditioners can still be operated, but if they have vents to bring in outside air, they should be closed. Turn off evaporative coolers.
· Stay inside your home
· If possible, bring pets inside.
· Thirty minutes after the end of the scheduled fogging each night, you may resume normal activities.
West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. West Nile virus can cause severe illness in people and horses, although not everyone that is infected will develop symptoms. People of all ages can be affected.
For more information on mosquito prevention and control, call: (866) 287-0209, ext. 6200. For information or questions concerning the health effects of West Nile Virus call the Pinal County Public Health Information Hotline at (866) 763-7252.