Through a cooperative relationship, Nye County has benefited from a “vector surveillance" program that traps and identifies mosquitoes for possible health concerns. The Southern Nevada Health Districts Vector Control Division has provided this trapping in Pahrump and Beatty since late April.
Trapping from June identified six mosquitoes at a water suppression pond associated with Lakeside Casino & RV Park that tested positive for West Nile Virus. This information was shared with Nye County Emergency Management, who then notified our partners at Lakeside management about these findings. Golden Casino Group management took immediate, aggressive steps to mitigate this hazard in less than 18 hours.
“On July 10, Lakeside Casino was notified by Nye County Emergency Management that a small number of mosquitoes trapped at the Lakeside fire suppression pond during a regular inspection had tested positive for West Nile Virus. The pond is not accessible to the Lakeside’s guests and is not part of the property’s man-made lake," said Jeremy Jenson, vice president and general manager of Golden Casino Group in Pahrump. “Lakeside Casino immediately undertook aggressive steps to remediate the matter to the satisfaction of Nye County."
The pond of water was treated repeatedly, as well as weed control, which eliminated any opportunity for mosquito larvae to hatch.
The community is encouraged to eliminate all standing water sources that can become breeding spots for mosquitoes. Even in the desert, mosquitoes can be present.
“The safety and comfort of our guests is the primary concern of the Lakeside Casino and we appreciate the efforts of Nye County in working with us toward a successful resolution,” Jenson said.
Nye County Emergency Management wants to give special thanks to the men and women of the Southern Nevada Health District and our partners at Golden Casino Group! For more information on West Nile Virus, go to https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/index.html