St. Louis County goes on offensive against mosquitoes

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 4 at 10:40 PM

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV) - The St. Louis County Health Department is going on offense to stop mosquitoes.

The Health Department has 230 traps to collect mosquitoes that can catch a handful to a few hundred. More than 1200 were caught in Hanley Hills. Drivers target specific neighborhoods but one county official says you can't call those areas hot spots.

"We don't really have any hot spots right now," said Drew Hane of St. Louis County Vector Control. "The county is hot. We've got West Nile Virus in little pockets throughout the county."

Drivers spray neighborhoods from dusk until 11 p.m. and start again at 3:30 a.m. the next morning. Most people bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus will not get sick. Others will suffer from symptoms that range from flu like to seizures. The virus can also lead to death.

"Traditionally the most severe symptoms are found in people over 50 or people that have a problem with their immune system," said Dr. Farrin Manian of Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

Missouri has only seen a handful of cases. Other states, such as Illinois have seen larger numbers of those affected by the virus.

"There have been parts of the country that have simply been deluged with the number of cases they've seen," said St. Louis County Health Department Director of Communicable Diseases Faisal Kahn.

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