West Nile Virus Found At Ames Park

By Sarah Beckman | sbeckman@weareiowa.com

Published 08/30 2016 11:11AM

Updated 08/30 2016 11:11AM

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AMES - Mosquitoes collected at a park in Ames have recently tested positive for West Nile.

According to the city, Ames officials sent samples to Iowa State University, with work from the state Department of Public Health, to be tested for the West Nile Virus. The samples were collected at the Emma McCarthy Lee Park.

The positive sample shows that mosquitoes in that area have the potential to transmit West Nile. While there is a lag time between sample collections, the city said, the virus may still be present in mosquitoes at the park, as well as other locations in Ames. 

The city is reminding residents that avoiding mosquitoes is the best way not to get infected with the virus. The Ames Parks and Recreation Department has been spraying several areas of the city for mosquitoes, and are using a multi-step program for mosquito control. 
 
"We are continuing and supplementing our weekly park schedule for mosquito control," said Joshua Thompson, Ames Parks and Facilities Superintendent. "The chemical we use for mosquito fogging has been tested and registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) multiple times and is one of the safest chemicals for people and the environment, but one of the most effective at controlling mosquitoes." 
 
Parks are fogged from 8 to 10:30 p.m., weather permitting.
 
 

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