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West Nile Virus Prevention in Tunica County
Pictured is  Jake Anderson, a Tunica county employee. He's spraying a larvacide in a ditch off U.S. Highway 61. Jake is part of a program to kill mosquitoes before they have the chance to bite anyone.

TUNICA MS- Tunica County has been very proactive in the effort to combat the spread of the West Nile Virus. Mosquito control trucks spray populated areas of the county every night and an ongoing effort to eliminate mosquito breeding areas continues unabated.

"Before West Nile Virus began appearing in Louisiana, we were running one spray truck every other night in the more populated areas of the county," said Tunica County Administrator Ken Murphree. "We have since put another truck into service and have increased the spraying schedule to every night." The town of Tunica has its own mosquito control vehicle, which operates nightly within the city limits.

Abandoned tires are preferred breeding areas for the mosquitoes which carry West Nile Virus, but the insects don't find many of them in Tunica County. "We have the most proactive water management program in the state of Mississippi and one of the best in the country," said Murphree. "We are in our third year of removing old tires and draining areas with stagnant water." The Tunica County Soil and Water Management District has three full-time employees who have removed approximately 1,000 discarded tires in a two-year period.

"We're in pretty good shape right now," said Murphree. "We're doing everything we can to protect our residents, workers and visitors from mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. Fortunately we've got a pretty good head start and don't have to play catch-up."

Article and information supplied by:

Jeff Piselli
Tunica County Public
Information Officer  662-363-2515


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