BUTLER COUNTY -- You don't have to be a native of Region 8 to know when summer weather gets here, the mosquitos get bad. With the threat of West Nile Virus, the bugs can potentially become down right dangerous. One county in Region 8 has developed a new tool to test for the West Nile Virus and it's making a big buzz.
But, in order to test for the West Nile virus, someone's got to collect the specimen. A new device dreamed up at the Butler County Health Department is making that easier and quicker.
The mosquitos are frozen, counted and then shipped to a field office for testing. If the West Nile Virus is detected, then they go to the Centers for Disease Control for conformation. Officials in Butler County worry that once West Nile is found in birds, human cases won't be too far behind.