Wednesday, July 2, 2008

West Nile Virus Found in Wilkinsburg Mosquito

The Allegheny County Health Department has verified its first case of West Nile Virus of the year found in a mosquito collected in Wilkinsburg. The Health Department sets mosquito traps to monitor West Nile Virus. After the first mosquito tested positive, Health officials treated the collection area with pesticides. ACHD spokesman Guillermo Cole says people should try to remove all standing water from their property since mosquitos breed in water. He also said that mosquitos can breed in as little water as can be held in a bottle cap and can reproduce in a few days. Due to the early finding of the first case of West Nile Virus, the Health Department expects to see more cases this year. Last year, 19 mosquitos tested positive for the virus and the first positive mosquito was not found until late August.

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