The control of the West Nile Virus (WNV) is main overarching goal for mosquito control programs across the country. One vital part of WNV control is knowing when the WNV is active in a community by testing mosquitoes captured in traps for the virus.
Here in Aberdeen, we are able to know whether or not there is the WNV in our community the same day we capture mosquitoes. We are able to do this because of a machine called RAMP. Without this machine it can take days to weeks to get results on from the state lab. The use of this machine is a great enhancement to our mosquito control operation.
What You can do to Help
Mosquitoes are what transmits the WNV to humans, but birds are the primary reservoir for the disease. The RAMP system that we have is able to test birds for the virus too. If you find a dead bird in the summer please contact us so that we can better improve our control of the West Nile Virus.