BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Mosquito control is set to be a big challenge this year in Butte County due to lack of the necessary funding. This means that more people in Butte County might be exposed to West Nile virus-carrying mosquitos unless more money comes in for the Mosquito and Vector Control District.
Butte County Public Health officials confirmed Thursday that one person has tested positive for West Nile Virus. Two chickens and seven mosquitos also contracted the virus.
Action News Now spoke to officials at Mosquito and Vector Control who said they receive four million dollars a year to protect the county. They have 26 employees. But District Manager Matt Ball says that is not enough money to cover the entire county.
Ball said, "We have to triage. We have to go to areas hot and hotter than other areas because we just can't be at every place at one time. We don't have enough staff to do everything."
Ball said that we live with mosquitos, and since we live with mosquitos, we're going to continue to live with West Nile virus.
The District is predicting that the situation will get worse in August and September of 2020.
Ball said the funding for the District comes from property taxes. Those funds are already taking a hit, said, from the Covid-19 and the Camp Fire situations.