During warm weather, Environmental Health Staff collect mosquitoes using specialized traps. Mosquito specimens are sent to the ADHS Laboratory to determine if they carry certain viruses that can affect humans. These viruses include West Nile Virus, St. Louis Encephalitis and Western Equine Encephalitis.
Wild animals may also be tested to determine if they are carrying disease, i.e., Rabies. Animals that are thought to be potentially rabid and that come into contact with humans are forwarded to the State Lab for testing. Test results can usually be received within a few days. Residents are especially cautioned to beware of any contact with bats or skunks, since there have been a number of rabid bats and skunks submitted within the last few years. Residents having any questions regarding coming into contact with potentially rabid animals, or who want to report unusually aggressive animal behavior are encouraged to call the Health Department.