Mosquito with West Nile found in Chesco

Posted: July 03, 2014

A mosquito collected in Chester County has tested positive for West Nile virus, officials announced Tuesday.

The mosquito was trapped on June 24 in Uwchlan Township. The finding makes Chester County the tenth county in the state to find mosquitos carrying the virus this year. The others are Delaware, Berks, Franklin, Adams, Beaver, Centre, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Northumberland, according to the state.

Two mosquitos have tested positive in Delaware County, one in Aldan Borough and one in Chadds Ford Township, officials there said.

In a statement, Chester County officials said chances of contracting the virus or becoming seriously ill from it are slim but urged precautions including staying indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitos are most active, wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants and using insect repellents.

To minimize mosquito breeding residents should dispose of containers that could collect water, keep their property clear of old tires, empty roof gutters, and clean out swimming pools when not in use, officials said. More information is available at www.chesco.org/wnv.

West Nile virus was first seen in the United States in 1999 and has now been found in every state but Alaska and Hawaii.

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