West Nile found in mosquitos in Berne

    West Nile Virus has been found in some mosquitos in Berne.
    Berne officials, quoting reports by an official from the Indiana Department of Health, and Terry Smith, the superintendent of the Adams County Health Department, made the announcement on Thursday.
    The fact that West Nile Virus has appeared in Berne "means that residents should limit the possibility of being bitten by an infected mosquito by applying repellants and making lifestyle modifications," the Berne statement said.
    The announcement added that "city mosquito control personnel have treated, and do treat, storm sewers as well as areas of water that remain stagnant with environmentally-friendly formulations to control larvae populations before they advance to the adult stage."
    The Berne document says the virus normally becomes evident later in the summer and moves from area to area with flight patterns of birds, which are carrier reservoirs for West Nile Virus.
    The Berne statement ends by saying, "City residents are reminded that water that remains stagnant provides for excellent mosquito hatcheries. Water in rimless tires is notoriously efficient for mosquito development. Anything that holds exposed water will provide opportunities for female mosquitos to lay their eggs proficiently."
    For questions or comments about mosquito-control activities in Berne, call 589-8526 or 589-0081.