Attacking West Nile by Air

Plans this week to attack West Nile Virus by air come just in time as there have been more positive tests of West Nile Virus in Uintah County mosquito pools. According to TriCounty Health Representative Jeff Robb, 8 more mosquito pools tested positive for the virus since last week’s trapping in Uintah County including one at the golf course, one in south Jensen, four near Pelican Lake and two in Tridell. “These [areas] are all repeats except for Tridell,” shares Robb. “The mosquito numbers are being reduced but as we see an increase in positive pools they are going to bring in an aerial contractor this week and do some aerial adulticiding in the Ashley Valley, Jensen and Pelican areas.” Despite the spreading of the virus in mosquito pools, there have been no confirmed human or horse cases of West Nile Virus within the TriCounty Health district. Residents are urged to take precautions seriously if outside between dusk and dawn. Wear long sleeves and pants. Use a repellent with 20 to 30 percent DEET. Remove standing water and maintain screens and doors to keep mosquitoes at bay.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.