County Needs Fish To Eat Virus-Carrying Mosquitoes

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Fish that munch the larvae of mosquitoes that can carry the West Nile virus are in short supply in San Diego County.

John Riggs, owner of supplier Riggs Farms in Barstow, says the fish have been late to breed this year.

The county has ordered 425 pounds of the fish for $15,000 to distribute to residents to release in standing water, where female
mosquitoes lay their eggs.

Riggs expects to fill the county's order by early August.

A total of 72 birds in the county have been infected with the West Nile virus, compared to six at this time last year.

Mosquitoes can spread the disease to birds, horses and people.
Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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