Gambusia affinis, the Sewerage and Water Board's mosquitofish, displayed at the Festival of Neighborhoods on Saturday. Residents can order them to fill unused pools and other areas where mosquitos are breeding now.
State health officials say it is that time of year when the West Nile virus traditionally rears its ugly head: late June. Kyle Moppert, Office of Public Health entomologist, says the dry spring will actually help boost the mosquito population this summer:
"Now that were starting to get some water, your going to see large hatches of mosquitoes," says Moppert, "therefore, dispose of any water in your yards and around your yards."
Moppert says they cannot predict the severity of this year's West Nile outbreak, but reminds residents that 177 cases of the virus were reported last year, and 11 people died.
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