West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples

 PRESS RELEASE      July 31, 2017

Thomas Smith,  Penn State Extension – York County,  West Nile Virus Program Administrator,  717-840-2375

West Nile Virus Mosquito Samples Collected from Many York County Municipalities

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management is reporting many York County mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile Virus collected during the week of July 24th through July 28, 2017.

Positive mosquito samples were collected in the following municipalities:

  • One mosquito sample collected in Dover Borough on July 25, 2017
  • Two mosquito samples collected in Dover Township on July 25, 2017
  • One mosquito sample collected in Felton Borough on July 26, 2017
  • Two mosquito samples collected in Hanover Borough on July 25, 2017
  • Four mosquito samples collected in Manchester Township on July 25, 2017
  • One mosquito sample collected in Monaghan Township on July 27, 2017
  • One mosquito sample collected in Spring Garden Township on July 27, 2017
  • Five mosquito samples collected in Springettsbury Township on July 25, 2017
  • One mosquito sample collected in West Manchester Township on July 26, 2017
  • One mosquito sample collected in York City on July 26, 2017
  • Three mosquito samples collected in York Township on July 26, 2017
  • Two mosquito samples collected in York Township on July 27, 2017

Some samples collected had multiple mosquitoes testing positive.  Additional mosquito surveillance, sampling and larval control is being performed as necessary by Penn State Extension and PA Department of Environmental Protection.

Residents can take control of their yards by making sure they are cleaned up and free of yard clutter.  Residents may also purchase a variety of mosquito control and repellent products from most home and garden centers.  Performing a community-wide cleanup is the only way to eliminate most mosquito concerns.  Residents are urged to contact your local municipality to help promote cleaning up to reduce mosquito concerns and disease risk.  Stormwater management systems can sometimes be of concern and are also routinely monitored by Penn State Extension.

York County residents may report mosquito concerns through the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus website www.westnile.state.pa.us .  Doing so will better assist our program to document areas of concern.  Keep in mind that the West Nile Virus Program attempts to educate residents. Individuals may need to report neighbor complaints to their local municipality to rectify the concern.

For information about West Nile Virus and Zika Virus symptoms in humans, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-Health.

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