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West Nile Virus Reaches the Lake Tahoe Basin

TitleWest Nile Virus Reaches the Lake Tahoe Basin
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-08-24
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #81 - "West Nile Virus" (Air Date: August 24, 2004). Allen Wolff from the Washoe County Vector Control demonstrates efforts to test for West Nile Virus by setting up traps to attract live mosquitoes.
SubjectWest Nile virus -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 81: West Nile Virus Air Date: August 24, 2004 Tease @ 27:45 "Washoe County Vector Control is looking for the West Nile Virus in ponds at Incline Village. I'm Shelly Purdy, I'll tell you what they've found coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report." Anchor Intro: Birds found in the Incline Village and Stateline areas have tested positive for the West Nile Virus. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy tags along with Washoe County Vector Control as they test for the disease. ((track 1)) The only way to test mosquitoes for a disease like the West Nile Virus is to capture live bugs. That's the purpose of this contraption. Dry ice is placed in a container. As it melts it releases CO2 which attracts mosquitoes. The bugs are trapped in a net and a small fan helps keep them flying and alive overnight until Vector control picks up the traps the next morning. ((sot @ 23:00 Allen Wolff, Washoe County Vector Control)) "We've selected this site because it's breeding mosquito larvae and adults are hatching out." ((Track 2)) They want to test actual mosquitoes for the disease after dead birds found in the Incline area tested positive for the West Nile Virus. ((sot @ 24:39)) "Birds are actually reservoir hosts. They get bit by mosquitoes and get infected, or the mosquitoes bite the bird and get infected and then they bite people and that's how they transmit the disease." ((s/u @ 27:12 Shelly Purdy)) "the types of birds that are highly susceptible to West Nile Virus are raptors like hawks and eagles and corvids like magpies and crows." ((track 3)) That's why officials from Vector Control are asking anyone who finds a dead bird to give them a call. They want to hear about it. And though the threat of the West Nile Virus seems very frightening, the disease is preventable. ((sot @ 26:10)) "It's nothing to get really freaked out and excited about, but it's something to be concerned about and if you take the proper precautions, you'll be alright." ((Track 4)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor Tag: From the traps set up at Incline Village, Washoe County Vector Control found……..

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