Data from the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control Program (WNVCP) indicates that the South Central region of the state contains the highest concentration of test positives for the West Nile Virus.
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Specifically, York County has the most test positives of the 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Reports from July 29th indicate 200 test positives in mosquito samples, 3 avian (bird) test positives and 1 veterinary test positive. Of the 200 test positives in mosquito samples, 30 test positives were found in York County, which is the highest singular area of test positives.
The map to the left shows Pennsylvania counties, with West Nile Virus test positives, highlighted in red. As of July 29th, 2011 no human cases have been reported in Pennsylvania, but human cases have been reported, in the state, every year since 2001.
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The WNVCP recommends that the best way to control the spread of West Nile Virus is to control the host, which is, mosquitoes. The best way to control mosquitoes is to get rid of standing water on your property. Additionally Bti, which is a naturally occurring bacterium, can be placed in standing water.
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The public can contribute to controlling the spread of West Nile Virus in very simple, but highly effective ways. For more information on what you can do to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus, please visit the PA West Nile Virus Control Program’s website by clicking HERE or call the PA DOH at (887) 724-3258.
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