TREDYFFRIN TOWNSHIP, PA – Another mosquito sample collected in the Tredyffrin community contained the West Nile virus, according to the latest government data.
The positive sample was collected in Tredyffrin on Tuesday (19659002) Thirteen other mosquito samples of West Nile virus were collected Tuesday in Chester County, bringing the total number of positive hits to 49 this summer.
Areas where positive specimens were found on Tuesday:
- East Goshen
- East Whiteland
- North Coventry – Two Samples
- Oxford [1
- South Coatesville
- Spring City
For a complete list of affected counties and the number of positive samples available here
West Nile Virus for the first time in Pennsylvania birds, mosquitoes and a horse in 2000.
It is most commonly transmitted 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 have been offered to help residents minimize their risk:
- Restrict outdoor activities during the warmer months in the morning and twilight since most mosquitoes sting most frequently during these times. 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 umbrellas to keep mosquitoes out.
- 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 will 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 leaking taps on stagnant water underneath.
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