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Alamosa mosquito district reports a successful season

Posted: Saturday, Aug 31st, 2013

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Summer’s almost gone, and it seems the mosquitoes are sticking around to enjoy the season to its end.

Alamosa Mosquito Control District (AMCD) Manager Teyler Hurst told the Alamosa County Commissioners (ACC) on Wednesday during their regular meeting the 2013 mosquito season is “pretty much right on schedule” with only minor adjustments made due to the summer’s steady storms.

“We have a really good idea of what the mosquito populations is doing out there,” said Hurst.

This season has had nothing to do with spreading West Nile Virus (WNV) despite the lingering monsoon rains that are extending the mosquito season, he said.

“We have been on alert, and we have been very lucky.”

The AMCD regularly tested 130 pools of water this year and found zero evidence of the disease, he said. This year, the state has reported 72 cases, which means there is a possibility it could turn up before the end of summer. The AMCD will continue to test to make sure the disease’s status in the Valley does not change.

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