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S. Idaho county fights lonely battle against pest

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) - Officials in Twin Falls County in south-central Idaho want other counties to start helping in the fight against a disease-spreading pest that can cause illness in livestock and humans.
    
County Pest Abatement District Director Kirk Tubbs tells The Times-News (http://bit.ly/1pHn7xw) that Twin Falls County is the only county in Idaho taking measures to control black flies.
    
He says the tiny bugs that bite measure a sixteenth of an inch and have a range of 20 or 30 miles.
    
The flies carry a virus that mimics foot-and-mouth disease in animals and resembles influenza in humans.
    
Tubbs says controlling black flies is best done on a regional level by targeting larvae in canals and rivers before they hatch.
    
The county spends about $200,000 a year trying to control black flies.
    
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Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com

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