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By Pam Burke 

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus detected in Montana

Forecasted rain showers plus August heat could make conditions to increase mosquito numbers


Last updated 8/4/2021 at 11:50am

Havre Dailiy News/Pam Burke

Mosquitoes feed on a horse east of Havre July 11. A small sampling of mosquitoes collected from the horse were identified as Oc. dorsalis, the third-most populous mosquitoes in the county, Hill County Weed District Supervisor Terry Turner said. While these mosquitoes do not carry the West Nile virus, the species that does, Culex tarsalis, has been found in increasing numbers in Hill County though the virus has not yet been detected. People are urged to take steps to reduce the mosquito population and to protect themselves from being bitten.

Despite the drought, mosquitoes are still finding a way to persist, including the species that carry diseases like West Nile Virus, and the Hill County Mosquito Control District reported Sunday that mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile were found in northeastern Montana.

Hill County Mosquito District Supervisor Terry Turner said mosquito samples are collected once a week and sent to Carroll College where students analyze the sample pool for total number of mosquitoes and numbers of each species present along with the number of mosquitoes, if any, that test positive for diseases, which...

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