Conditions Ideal for Mosquito Breeding

Conditions Ideal for Mosquito Breeding

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(Farmington-AP) -- Mosquitoes couldn't have asked for better conditions for breeding this spring.

Davis County Mosquito Abatement manager Gary Hatch says a mild winter, recent rains and a forecast of rising temperatures have provided ideal conditions for mosquito breeding, heightening the alert of the West Nile virus.

Hatch said there have been no reports yet of the virus in Utah, but it still is expected it to arrive sometime this season.

The mosquito-transmitted disease killed 284 people and sickened four-thousand, 156 in the United States last year.

The district is making mosquito-eating gambusia fish available to the public. It has provided gambusia to 680 ornamental ponds in the county.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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