The control of the West Nile Virus (WNV) is the main overarching goal for mosquito control programs across the country. One vital part of WNV control is knowing when the WNV is active in a community by testing mosquitoes captured in traps for the virus.
Here in Aberdeen, we are able to know whether or not there is the WNV in our community the same day we capture mosquitoes. We are able to do this because of a machine called RAMP. Without this machine it can take days to weeks to get results on from the state lab. The use of this machine is a great enhancement to our mosquito control operation.