NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP, PA – Another mosquito sample collected in Newtown Township was found to carry West Nile virus, according to recent state data.
The positive sample was collected Tuesday in Newtown and made it the second positive hit in the data show that the community this summer, the data show.
Ten more West Nile virus mosquito samples were collected in the county on Tuesday, bringing the total number of positive hits this summer to 89.
Areas in which positive samples were found were:
- Marcus Hook
- Prospect Park
- Ridley Park
- Springfield ̵
- Upper Darby
For a full list of affected counties and the number of positive specimens, see here
The West Nile virus first appeared in Pennsylvania in 2000 in birds, mosquitoes and a horse occurred.
It is most commonly spread to humans by infected mosquitoes. It can lead to febrile illnesses, encephalitis or meningitis after the CDC.
About one in five suffer from fever and other symptoms, according to the CDC. About one in every 150 infected people develops a serious, sometimes deadly disease. You can reduce the risk of West Nile virus by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants to prevent mosquito bites, the CDC said.
The best way to control mosquitoes is still to remove stagnant water on your property, according to information provided by the state's West Nile virus control program.
The following guidelines were offered to help local residents minimize their risk:
- In the warmer months limit activities at dawn and dusk As most species of mosquitoes in these times most often bite. However, be aware that some types of mosquitoes bite most during the day.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and socks. Choose clothing that is light and made of dense fabric.
- Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door screens to keep out mosquitoes.
- Sleep under a mosquito net when you are outside.
- Cover or empty container such as trash can, paddling pool, wheelbarrow and pots.
- Turn the containers upside down when not in use so they do not collect water.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.
- Get rid of old tires.
- Change the water in bird baths every three to five days.
- Check storm drains, window wells and underneath stagnant taps for stagnant water.
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