The West Nile Virus made its way into Pennsylvania in 2000. At that time the virus first appeared in mosquitoes, birds, and horses. The state took immediate action and developed a comprehensive network, West Nile Virus Control Program (WNVCP), to track the virus in all 67 counties within Pennsylvania.
Yesterday, July 5th, the WNVCP reported 4 more test positives in Cumberland, Lancaster, York, and Bucks County, which bring the total number of counties for test positives to 15. In comparison, only 5 counties had test positives by this time in 2010.
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2011 Timeline and area detections:
- June 6 – Morgan Twp, Green Co. – Mosquito Positives
- June 14 – Penn Twp, Cumberland Co. – Mosquito Positives
- June 20 – North Londonderry Twp, Lebanon Co.; Abington Twp, Montgomery Co.; Manchester Twp, York Co. – Mosquito Positives
- June 23 – Susquehanna Twp, Dauphin Co.; Du Bois City, Clearfield Co. – Mosquito Positives
- June 24 – Carlisle Bor, Cumberland Co.; Hamilton Twp, Franklin Co. – Mosquito Positives
- June 28 – Carlisle Bor, Cumberland Co. – Mosquito Positives
- June 29 – Brookhaven Bor, Delaware Co.; Tamaqua Bor, Schuylkill, Co.; Lower Paxton Twp, Dauphin Co. – Mosquito Positives
- July 1 – Allegheny Twp, Blair Co.; Derry Twp, Dauphin Co. – Mosquito Positives
- July 1 – State College Bor, Centre Co. – Avian (Bird) Positives
- July 5 – Middletown Twp, Bucks Co.; Camp Hill Bor., Cumberland Co.; Brecknock Twp, Lancaster Co.; York City, York Co. – Mosquito Positives
As of July 5th, 2011 no human cases have been reported in Pennsylvania, but human cases have been reported, in the state, every year since 2001. 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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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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