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Penn State Extension Press Release

Posted in News & Events

July 22, 2017

CONTACT:  Thomas Smith

                     Penn State Extension – York County

                     West Nile Virus Program Administrator

                     717-840-2375

 

West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample Collected in Springettsbury Township and West Manheim Township, York County

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management is reporting three additional York County mosquito sample testing positive for West Nile Virus 2017.  Two mosquito samples of Culex pipiens collected by Penn State Extension on July 19th in Springettsbury Township have test positive.  One mosquito sample of Culex pipiens collected by Penn State Extension on July 17th in Manheim Township also test positive.  Additional mosquito surveillance, sampling and larval control is being performed as necessary by Penn State Extension in Springettsbury Township and West Manheim Township. 

As of July 18, 2017 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has had 33 states report West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes in 2017.  Currently 46 cases of West Nile virus disease in people have been reported to CDC. Of these, 26 (57%) were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 20 (43%) were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

York County residents may report mosquito concerns through the Pennsylvania West Nile Virus website www.westnile.state.pa.us .  Doing so will better assist our program to document areas of concern.  Keep in mind that the West Nile Virus Program attempts to educate residents. Individuals may need to report neighbor complaints to their local municipality to rectify the concern. 

For information about West Nile Virus and Zika Virus symptoms in humans, contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health at 1-877-PA-Health. 

 

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