Tests positive for West Nile virus

Henrietta Strickland
July 5, 2017

Beaver County is one of 15 Pennsylvania counties where West Nile has been found this summer.

Mosquito larvae are pulled from a creek at Ojibway Park in Windsor to inspect for West Nile Virus, July 4, 2014. Health officials in the state note that while they likely can't eradicate West Nile in Colorado for good, mosquito control efforts have helped to minimize the impact of seasonal outbreaks and mitigate the number of human infections.

Longmont city officials noted last week that the mosquito carrying the virus was found in the Berthoud area and confirmed by Larimer County health officials on June 26.

"When the virus is present, people are at risk", said Jennifer House, state public health veterinarian.

Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. IDPH recommends insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon, eucalyptus or IR 3535.

Almost 300 samples have been gathered in Beaver County, with more than a fifth being tested for West Nile.

Symptoms generally appear three to 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito. The CDPHE is reminding the public that those over the age of 60 or who have certain medical conditions are at greater risk of developing series illness from West Nile, and thus, should take extra precautions against mosquitoes. Empty water from tires, cans, flowerpots, clogged gutters, rain barrels, birdbaths, toys and puddles.

For more information on mosquito-borne illnesses, visit the MSDH website.

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