West Nile virus conference is May 8

West Nile virus conference is May 8
A Web conference is set for May 8 to help communities gear up for the West Nile virus season.

SDSU Extension Pesticide Education Coordinator Jim Wilson says the free conference will highlight some of the latest information about the virus and the mosquitoes that spread it.

"Even though it's spring, it's not too early to start thinking about mosquito control," Wilson said.

The South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service and the South Dakota Department of Health are sponsoring the May 8 Web conference, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Central time. It's directed at public health mosquito control personnel.

"West Nile Virus Is Here to Stay – Planning for the Long Haul" will have information on the West Nile virus threat in South Dakota, on understanding the Culex tarsalis mosquito that spreads the disease, on planning mosquito control measures based on risk, and on preparing for the season with a checklist.

Communities and mosquito control personnel have been sent flyers for the conference. Information is also available through local county Extension offices.

"This conference is being presented as a Web conference," Wilson said. "We will have locations where groups certainly can gather, but it will be set up such that you will be able to view this conference at your own computer if you have high-speed Internet."

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