More mosquito samples collected at Treedyfrin and Easttown Townships were tested positive for the West Nile virus before anti-mosquito spray treatment was performed in both communities.
The data show that positive mosquito samples were collected in each community on July 23.] This marks the fifth positive trial in Tredyffrin and the second in Easttown.
Chester County had 49 positive goals this season.
Chester County health authority will be delivering a spray treatment spray in parts of Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships on Tuesday, July 24th.
Spraying is applied between 8 PM and 1
The map of the areas that are being treated is below:
The tests are conducted by the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus Control program as part of the routine surveillance of the virus. Mosquitoes are trapped in the breeding grounds in the area and are tested daily.
For a complete list of affected districts and the number of positive samples, click here.
The West Nile virus first appeared in Pennsylvania on 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 were offered to help residents minimize their risk:
- Limit outdoor outdoors at dawn and dusk during the warmer months since most mosquito species sting most frequently in 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 tightly woven material.
- Stay in places with air conditioning and window and door umbrellas to keep mosquitoes out.
- Sleep under a mosquito net when you are outside or empty containers such as trash cans, paddling pools, wheelbarrows and pots.
- When not in use, turn the containers upside down to prevent them from collecting 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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