Monday, June 16, 2008

West Nile virus confirmed in a Mosquito

Pennsylvania has it's first reported case of West Nile Virus. In Luzerne County a mosquito was found to test positive for West Nile. The area in Luzerne County will now be sprayed with a material known as BTI which has been concentrated so it will only affect mosquito's. Last year there were only 10 reported human cases of West Nile, with cases occurring primarily in late summer and early fall. Pennsylvania has an aggressive campaign against West Nile virus as opposed to other states who only start spraying pesticide after a human case is reported. Pennsylvania begins its spraying after the first positive case is documented.

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