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Tire amnesty event helps fight against west nile virus - MyWabashValley.com

Tire amnesty event helps fight against west nile virus - MyWabashValley.com


Tire amnesty event helps fight against west nile virus - MyWabashValley.com

Posted: 05 May 2020 12:28 PM PDT

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Health officials in Vigo County want community members to donate old tires to fight the West Nile virus.

The Vigo County Health Department annual tire amnesty program will allow community members to dispose up to 10 old tires by appointment.

Roni Elder, Vigo County Health Educator and Media Coordinator, said it is important to remove possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus.

"If you have tires in your yard, it can collect water and stagnate which becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and West Nile," Elder said. "So really you don't want that in your own yard and if you can just get rid of all the stagnate water in your yard we won't have to do anything. We won't have to spray for mosquitoes because they wouldn't have anywhere to breed."

Elder said that even with the coronavirus still affecting the community, it is important to avoid any further issues or viruses.

"Things are still going to happen; mosquitoes are still going to come around even though the coronavirus is still in our community," Elder said. "So will West Nile if we're not careful, so we cant drop the ball on this. We have to continue to do our operations as we normally would."

The event starts May 11, and will run through June 12. Visit the Vigo County Health Department Facebook page for more information on the event.

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