SNHD taking action to fight mosquitoes

By: Amanda Slee

Posted: Jun 08, 2017 04:50 PM PDT

LAS VEGAS – Health officials plan to fight off the type of mosquito which is known to carry the Zika virus.

The Southern Nevada Health District will conduct a fogging operation early morning on Friday, June 9.

The hope is to reduce the number of Aedes mosquitoes which health experts recently discovered in Las Vegas.

“This type of mosquito control is done regularly across the country to treat millions of acres and has shown to be effective in reducing the potential of mosquito-spread diseases,” said City Manager Qiong Liu.

The SNHD will use the chemical called Duet in the fogging operation.

“A very small amount of active ingredient is used – about a tablespoon treating an area the size of a football field,” said Dr. Joe Iser, Chief Health Officer of the Southern Nevada Health District.

This product will be applied to the area from Alexander Road and Decatur Boulevard to Valley Drive and Gowan Road.

Residents of this area don’t need to take any actions other than protecting themselves from mosquito bites both day and night, as these mosquitos are more active during the day.

While none of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes found recently carried the Zika virus some did have West Nile virus.

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